U.S. Cable Industry Needs French Brains

French Billionaire Patrick Drahi wants to bring cable-mobile convergence to the U.S.

A man with a plan.

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When the French billionaire Xavier Niel tried to bid for T-Mobile US, he was quickly sent packing. It will be harder to get rid of Patrick Drahi, another French billionaire who is entering the U.S. market with a $9.1 billion deal to take control of a relatively small cable company, Suddenlink Communications. One way or another, the U.S. will get a taste of the progressive business models that are being tested in France.

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