WASHINGTON Jan 6 AT&T Inc said on Friday it
expects to bypass a powerful telecommunications regulator in its
planned $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner Inc.
Dallas-based AT&T said in a securities filing that it
anticipates Time Warner will not need to transfer any of its FCC
licenses to AT&T, which would likely mean the deal will only
need the approval of the U.S. Justice Department. The deal faces
hurdles including the fact that in October President-elect
Donald Trump said he was opposed to the merger.
(Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)