Groups Seek Public Hearings From FCC Regarding AT&T/T-Mobile Takeover

In a letter to the FCC a number of consumer activist and watchdog groups requested that public hearings be held across the country to “hear from the people who could be most affected by the merger.” Groups including Consumers Union and Public Knowledge (we love them) sent the letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski expressing the deal as “a matter of great public concern.” Other groups who lent support to the letter include Free Press, Media Access Project, Future of Music Coalition, National Hispanic Media Coalition and the Open Technology Initiative of the New America Foundation.

There is precedent for hearings of this kind as last year saw a public forum held in Chicago to examine the Comcast Purchase of NBC.

Would you attend a public hearing? I would…with cowbell.

Boston.com

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  • http://twitter.com/techvudu dino

    I can’t see why this would get any opposition from AT&T. From what we heard so far this is in the 100% interest of the consumer so having the public attend should only boost their position…Right?

  • http://twitter.com/techvudu dino

    I can’t see why this would get any opposition from AT&T. From what we heard so far this is in the 100% interest of the consumer so having the public attend should only boost their position…Right?

    • http://twitter.com/babydoll25 Babydoll25

       AT&T doesn’t want public meetings about the merger because they don’t want their “fuzzy logic” as to why the merger “is a good thing” de-fuzzified (not a word, yes, I know)…..

      • http://twitter.com/watcher64 watcher64

        Exactly, AT&T has already said that T-Mobile customers are a bunch of poor people with second rate phones, according to their research … WTF , it has not gone through yet and they are already bad mouthing TMO customers.  Their major claim to fame is the iPhone, which I would guess most TMO customers could care less about ….  The “Merger”(which is actually a buyout), would cause a “black hole” in the US Cellular economy, giving AT&T the single strongest and largest spectrum share, there would be no reason for them to honor TMO deals, as , you really have no where else to go , or you would already be there.

      • http://twitter.com/watcher64 watcher64

        Exactly, AT&T has already said that T-Mobile customers are a bunch of poor people with second rate phones, according to their research … WTF , it has not gone through yet and they are already bad mouthing TMO customers.  Their major claim to fame is the iPhone, which I would guess most TMO customers could care less about ….  The “Merger”(which is actually a buyout), would cause a “black hole” in the US Cellular economy, giving AT&T the single strongest and largest spectrum share, there would be no reason for them to honor TMO deals, as , you really have no where else to go , or you would already be there.

      • http://twitter.com/watcher64 watcher64

        Exactly, AT&T has already said that T-Mobile customers are a bunch of poor people with second rate phones, according to their research … WTF , it has not gone through yet and they are already bad mouthing TMO customers.  Their major claim to fame is the iPhone, which I would guess most TMO customers could care less about ….  The “Merger”(which is actually a buyout), would cause a “black hole” in the US Cellular economy, giving AT&T the single strongest and largest spectrum share, there would be no reason for them to honor TMO deals, as , you really have no where else to go , or you would already be there.

      • http://twitter.com/watcher64 watcher64

        Exactly, AT&T has already said that T-Mobile customers are a bunch of poor people with second rate phones, according to their research … WTF , it has not gone through yet and they are already bad mouthing TMO customers.  Their major claim to fame is the iPhone, which I would guess most TMO customers could care less about ….  The “Merger”(which is actually a buyout), would cause a “black hole” in the US Cellular economy, giving AT&T the single strongest and largest spectrum share, there would be no reason for them to honor TMO deals, as , you really have no where else to go , or you would already be there.

      • http://twitter.com/watcher64 watcher64

        Exactly, AT&T has already said that T-Mobile customers are a bunch of poor people with second rate phones, according to their research … WTF , it has not gone through yet and they are already bad mouthing TMO customers.  Their major claim to fame is the iPhone, which I would guess most TMO customers could care less about ….  The “Merger”(which is actually a buyout), would cause a “black hole” in the US Cellular economy, giving AT&T the single strongest and largest spectrum share, there would be no reason for them to honor TMO deals, as , you really have no where else to go , or you would already be there.

  • http://twitter.com/techvudu dino

    I can’t see why this would get any opposition from AT&T. From what we heard so far this is in the 100% interest of the consumer so having the public attend should only boost their position…Right?

  • Mopar6464

    Another waste of time and money.
    AT&T-Mobile is already a done deal.

  • Mopar6464

    Another waste of time and money.
    AT&T-Mobile is already a done deal.

  • Mopar6464

    Another waste of time and money.
    AT&T-Mobile is already a done deal.

    • Yancy

      Shut the F**k Up and have a positive attitude you dumb ass. Did I just see At&t in your Rear view mirror?

      • Guest

        not like you have a better attitude. lol!

      • Mopar6464

        Please take your meds today.
        The world is clustered bad enough with Jack-offs like you not taking your meds.

      • Mopar6464

        Please take your meds today.
        The world is clustered bad enough with Jack-offs like you not taking your meds.

      • Mopar6464

        Please take your meds today.
        The world is clustered bad enough with Jack-offs like you not taking your meds.

  • Mopar6464

    Another waste of time and money.
    AT&T-Mobile is already a done deal.

  • Mopar6464

    Another waste of time and money.
    AT&T-Mobile is already a done deal.

  • Anonymous

    I want to see this deal go down in flames….

  • http://twitter.com/babydoll25 Babydoll25

    I would attend and drag like 40 other people with me…………………..No merger dangit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://cosmicbreeze.tumblr.com/ DtheArtist

    Keep the fight going!

  • http://profiles.google.com/house3272 Cesare Zhao

    Wireless competition’s the only fast growing tech thing now, we are already getting our ass kicked by other countries in internet, tv, and home phone services because there’s only charter and att…..

  • Otis Pinkerton

    I am all down for this. Where do I sign up to voice my opinion/concern. Let’s go Public Hearing.

  • Marozhenje

    Public Hearings? You gotta be kidding. This is a merger (or acquisition) by two corporations. Owned by the shareholders. Not the Government. Not the People. If the shareholders agree and consent to cash payment and stock swaps, then the deal should close. Period.

    • Anonymous

      But at what cost? If this merger goes through, it’ll be mayhem for thousands, even millions of Tmobile customers scrambling to understand new rate plans and purchase new AT&T phones because their Tmo devices won’t work on AT&T 3G or 4G. This deal is going to affect a large group of people, and they should have a say in how it goes.

      • Petey

        That’s the issues. I been hearing people to extend your contract in order to lock into the plan. But what they don’t realized That when their 3/4g stop working they gotta move to att plans and phone. And they might not get the full discount cus of the length of their contract that they still have. *shrugs*

        • Anonymous

          Exactly. If that’s going to happen, the people at least have the right to voice their concern over the deal and make sure they’ll be treated fairly if the merger is approved.

        • Anonymous

          Exactly. If that’s going to happen, the people at least have the right to voice their concern over the deal and make sure they’ll be treated fairly if the merger is approved.

        • Gilla87

          I don’t know if the csr knew what she was talking about, but she told me that ATT would issue their terms and conditions and even if you locked into a contract just prior that u can say u don’t agree with the terms and walk away.. not sure if its true as she also said 4g devices would be safe for a while and that they were doing away with only t-mobiles 3g bands soon.. so Idk.

        • Gilla87

          Also she said these terms would be out march 2012..

        • Anonymous

          If AT&T attempts to change your rates or anything in your contract before it is through then yes you can legally walk away without paying a dime (within 60 days). If they try to pursue you for an ETF then you file a complaint with the FCC and they will take care of the rest for you. 

        • None

          Funny!

      • n900mixalot

        It will be mayhem for ALL wireless telecoms in the US because AT&T will hold the MOST spectrum.

        • None

          Not to burst your bubble but ‘someone’ always had to hold the “most spectrum”.  Unless this is kindergarten where we all get exactly 8 M&Ms, someone will always have the most.  

        • n900mixalot

          Spectrum is a regulated natural resource so if AT&T has the most and are not using it in the public interest, can’t show that they are efficiently using what they have, and are just gathering more and more, then they have to give up a certain amount.

          Purchasing spectrum comes along with a lot of responsibilities and there are a lot of rules that have to be followed.

          It’s nothing like M&Ms.

        • None

          You said nothing about their effectiveness in using the spectrum.  You only shouted MOST as if that was something unusual.

        • n900mixalot

          t REGISTERED USERS here already know that.

        • None

          I have no idea what that means.  But I still have 4 M&M’s left so I will continue to post.

      • n900mixalot

        It will be mayhem for ALL wireless telecoms in the US because AT&T will hold the MOST spectrum.

    • Realist

      Haven’t you ever heard of the word “monopoly”  ???????????????   What planet are you from?

    • Realist

      Haven’t you ever heard of the word “monopoly”  ???????????????   What planet are you from?

    • http://twitter.com/babydoll25 Babydoll25

      So you just think it’s okay to screw the “little guy” aka the “T-mobile customer” or even “the general wireless consumer” and bow down to the almighty dollar?????????/ GTFO!!!!!!!!

    • http://twitter.com/babydoll25 Babydoll25

      So you just think it’s okay to screw the “little guy” aka the “T-mobile customer” or even “the general wireless consumer” and bow down to the almighty dollar?????????/ GTFO!!!!!!!!

    • Piff

      Not when it would fuck over americans

      • None

        And non-Americans too.

    • Piff

      Not when it would fuck over americans

    • n900mixalot

      Spectrum is a heavily regulated resource and regardless of whether it’s really infinite or not, American law deems it as such. Therefore, when such large holders of extremely significant amounts of spectrum are proposing to merge, the telecom regulator MUST be involved.

      That’s what the law says.

  • Marozhenje

    Public Hearings? You gotta be kidding. This is a merger (or acquisition) by two corporations. Owned by the shareholders. Not the Government. Not the People. If the shareholders agree and consent to cash payment and stock swaps, then the deal should close. Period.

  • Kev30591

    Hey David, why don’t you address the death grip problem of the sensation as well as the lag and 4g and WiFi connectivity issues ? People aught to know!

    • Piff

      i dont have any problems with my sensation homie

      • Deangelo724

        Same here. Mine on point.

      • Deangelo724

        Same here. Mine on point.

    • Piff

      i dont have any problems with my sensation homie

  • Anonymous

    Seasons don’t fear the reaper
    Nor do the wind, the sun or the rain..we can be like they are
    Come on baby…don’t fear the reaper
    Baby take my hand…don’t fear the reaper
    We’ll be able to fly…don’t fear the reaper
    Baby I’m your man..

  • Anonymous

    Seasons don’t fear the reaper
    Nor do the wind, the sun or the rain..we can be like they are
    Come on baby…don’t fear the reaper
    Baby take my hand…don’t fear the reaper
    We’ll be able to fly…don’t fear the reaper
    Baby I’m your man..

    • http://twitter.com/LTEstyles LTEstyles

      i gotta have more cowbell

    • http://twitter.com/LTEstyles LTEstyles

      i gotta have more cowbell

  • idku

    Simple Mobile starting to look real good

    • Fatgurl23

      How is that? I heard simple mobile uses T-Mobile network so ur screwed if u decide to go the simple mobile way

    • Joanna23

      I agree with fat girl why would u go to simple mobile?!? In case u didn’t know simple mobile uses T-Mobile network so like fat girl said if the at&T-Mobile merger goes tru simple mobile will most likely be gone. So ur better of with metro pcs or boost or cricket if its available in ur area

      • Anonymous

        Except you could use your current T-Mo phone on simple mobile no?

        • Craibailey

          You sure can.

    • Joanna23

      I agree with fat girl why would u go to simple mobile?!? In case u didn’t know simple mobile uses T-Mobile network so like fat girl said if the at&T-Mobile merger goes tru simple mobile will most likely be gone. So ur better of with metro pcs or boost or cricket if its available in ur area

    • Joanna23

      I agree with fat girl why would u go to simple mobile?!? In case u didn’t know simple mobile uses T-Mobile network so like fat girl said if the at&T-Mobile merger goes tru simple mobile will most likely be gone. So ur better of with metro pcs or boost or cricket if its available in ur area

    • Joanna23

      I agree with fat girl why would u go to simple mobile?!? In case u didn’t know simple mobile uses T-Mobile network so like fat girl said if the at&T-Mobile merger goes tru simple mobile will most likely be gone. So ur better of with metro pcs or boost or cricket if its available in ur area

    • Craibailey

      Go with simple mobile you will be fine. Remember people you have a good two years before everything switch. So if you’re using T-Mobile towers you are somewhat a customer. Remember there are millions using simple mobile and At&t don’t want to lose people that quickly

      • Mopar6464

        Also you can use AT&T prepaid just like Simple Mobile for the same price monthly.
        If you don’t like it , no problem because your not under contract.
        In the end it will all be owned by AT&T anyways.

    • Jcj1

      simple mobile uses t-mobile towers so not a safe solution

  • idku

    Simple Mobile starting to look real good

  • http://twitter.com/LTEstyles LTEstyles

    If there was one in Florida i would request a day off from work to express my concern. I really don’t want this to happen.

  • http://twitter.com/LTEstyles LTEstyles

    If there was one in Florida i would request a day off from work to express my concern. I really don’t want this to happen.

  • http://twitter.com/LTEstyles LTEstyles

    If there was one in Florida i would request a day off from work to express my concern. I really don’t want this to happen.

  • Anonymous

    I would tell them I don’t want AT&T cuz they have the fake 3 Gee’z.

  • Anonymous

    I would tell them I don’t want AT&T cuz they have the fake 3 Gee’z.

  • Stop AT&T

    I’d be interested in attending in attending a “public hearing” on the matter. AT&T should be in favor of this too, because it could only serve to enhance the “customer experience” and they tell us that is what this is all about.

  • LC

    I’m still shocked that no one from the Washington State government has come out and said anything against the merger…T-Mobile is obviously based out of Washington, and just the sheer number of jobs that would be lost/moved out of Washington is huge…and when we’re in a time where all every politician is talking about is creating and maintaining jobs, I just can’t believe that the governor or state attorney hasn’t said a word.

    It’s a disappointment, really.

  • gregp

    I don’t like the idea of this deal but I have to be realistic. DT wants out and isn’t going to keep the T-Mobile brand either way.

    I would love for someone other than AT&T to buy them, but who would? They’ve been seeking a buyer since 2008 or 2009 and only att has stepped up.

    With continuous declining profits and customers, T-Mobile just isn’t a viable business anymore on its own.

    • n900mixalot

      Tell that to Public Knowledge. They’ve got all of the facts and figures to refute that sentiment, but in a lot of ways I agree with you. Ya can’t force a company that doesn’t want to stay in business, to stay in business. That’s the libertarian (modern-day Fox News conservative) argument. But, you also can’t allow a huge spectrum holder to just turn all of its assets over to it’s largest, primary competitor. That’s the rational common sense argument.

      • gregp

        Actually I misspoke. They aren’t losing money, but profits are declining.

        • n900mixalot

          Significantly, yes, I totally agree.

        • n900mixalot

          Significantly, yes, I totally agree.

    • Anonymous

      Unfortunately I agree that this is the reality of the situation.  I’ll hate to lose what T-Mobile has turned out to be in the last 6 months tho…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_V3A4YNL7QCQJW2TXWTGEDD7JFA alphonso

    For those that think this deal is done. Think again.There have been bigger deals that have crashed at the last moment.
    ATT would love for the public to just be quiet and let this sail through but if they have a hearing in boston i will be there to roar. youtube video at alphonso564

    • todrules

      AT&T already has the FCC in their pocket. People can have all the hearings they want. It won’t change anything.

      • Anonymous

        And people like you are why corporations get to do as they please.

        • J Standrews

          Not true. Money talks everything else walks. The people at the FCC will leave for a better job at ATTT or Comcast/NBC. Our government at work.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_V3A4YNL7QCQJW2TXWTGEDD7JFA alphonso

    For those that think this deal is done. Think again.There have been bigger deals that have crashed at the last moment.
    ATT would love for the public to just be quiet and let this sail through but if they have a hearing in boston i will be there to roar. youtube video at alphonso564

  • Sergiolvrd

    T-Mobile should just back out of the buyout and let Google take them. This way we still have 4 national carriers and everyone is happy :) 

  • Sergiolvrd

    T-Mobile should just back out of the buyout and let Google take them. This way we still have 4 national carriers and everyone is happy :) 

  • Sergiolvrd

    T-Mobile should just back out of the buyout and let Google take them. This way we still have 4 national carriers and everyone is happy :) 

    • Wilma Flintstone

      That would be great but the only problem is that then G-Mobile will only have Android devices and no other choice of OS.

      • gregp

        That and android would probably not be available for any other networks.

        Still a pipe dream, though. Google has expressed no interest in buying them.

      • Anonymous

        No they wouldn’t because Google doesn’t make money off of Android sales anyway. They make money off of ads. They have always stated this publicly as their main source of profit. Besides if a possible G-Mobile only sold Android and nothing else then they would get sued left and right. Google isn’t stupid.

      • Anonymous

        No they wouldn’t because Google doesn’t make money off of Android sales anyway. They make money off of ads. They have always stated this publicly as their main source of profit. Besides if a possible G-Mobile only sold Android and nothing else then they would get sued left and right. Google isn’t stupid.

      • None

        Not much different than the current TMO selection.

      • Suparat789

        Microsoft has os for home, business and other professions. Google can have varities of phones for optional user(business, entertment, studen, game and home etc…) for their specific needs.

      • Suparat789

        Microsoft has os for home, business and other professions. Google can have varities of phones for optional user(business, entertment, studen, game and home etc…) for their specific needs.

    • Suparat789

      I like!!! have the same thought awhile back ago.. T-mobile has been a great supportor to Google since 1st Google android G1 came out. T-Mobile also had the most anroid products among other carriers. It would be wonderful Google invested T-mobile and selling Google TV, music, Movie hub, Tablet, smart phone, android PC and hot spot for automobile. T-Mobile -> G-Mobile.. Apple watch it!!

    • Sarah

      It would be better if Orange, O2 or Telefonica bought them.  Another major Euro power that is bigger than AT&T.

    • Sarah

      It would be better if Orange, O2 or Telefonica bought them.  Another major Euro power that is bigger than AT&T.

    • Sarah

      It would be better if Orange, O2 or Telefonica bought them.  Another major Euro power that is bigger than AT&T.

  • Sergiolvrd

    T-Mobile should just back out of the buyout and let Google take them. This way we still have 4 national carriers and everyone is happy :) 

  • Gbsohn

    We love you too! 

  • Havoktek

    Aight people, break out the popcorn and bring me a hearing to Cleveland!
    Look, if there is one thing Americans do, it’s fighting. So if this goes down to the wire so be it
    Regardless of how much AT&T has the FCC on lock, as long as we voice our concerns soon if not now it WILL make a difference.
    What you think these agencies and conglomerates don’t see read or study what the environment is?
    Keep yelling people, keep raising doubts people….

    If you don’t stand for something then you’ll fall for anything….Dig it…

  • http://mobilecompete.wordpress.com/ Jim Worthey

    I will show up at the hearing and read excerpts from my public comment:
    http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs/comment/view?id=6016785745
    . If you follow that link, you can find further links to post your own comment. I thought comments would close, but they still seem to be open. Remember, the proceeding is 11-65. Put that number in for the proceeding or docket number. See also mobilecompete.wordpress.com .

  • http://mobilecompete.wordpress.com/ Jim Worthey

    I will show up at the hearing and read excerpts from my public comment:
    http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs/comment/view?id=6016785745
    . If you follow that link, you can find further links to post your own comment. I thought comments would close, but they still seem to be open. Remember, the proceeding is 11-65. Put that number in for the proceeding or docket number. See also mobilecompete.wordpress.com .

  • Dan the Man

    Yet, according to statistics presented
    by the U.S. Bureau of Labor and a 2010 U.S. GAO report, during periods when
    carriers combined to achieve efficiencies, wireless prices have fallen. From
    1999 to 2009, when the wireless industry saw Cingular and AT&T merge,
    Sprint and Nextel merge, Verizon and Alltel merge and two other mergers,
    wireless prices declined by 50 percent.

    • the_truth

      How many times are you going to post that? Saw it on the Dan Hesse thread too.

      • None {:( |)

        Until someone can deny that statistic and in the same breath maintain that the sky is falling.

    • the_truth

      How many times are you going to post that? Saw it on the Dan Hesse thread too.

    • http://twitter.com/Danerisms Dan

      How much market share did budget carriers like T-Mobile pick up each time this happened? You could extend that the costs dropped because demand went down for the big carriers as people moved to the cheaper T-Mobile Option. I was left and went to T-Mobile in the cingular merge. My sister left Alltel and went to T-Mobile in the Alltel Verizon merge.

    • http://twitter.com/Danerisms Dan

      How much market share did budget carriers like T-Mobile pick up each time this happened? You could extend that the costs dropped because demand went down for the big carriers as people moved to the cheaper T-Mobile Option. I was left and went to T-Mobile in the cingular merge. My sister left Alltel and went to T-Mobile in the Alltel Verizon merge.

    • http://twitter.com/Danerisms Dan

      How much market share did budget carriers like T-Mobile pick up each time this happened? You could extend that the costs dropped because demand went down for the big carriers as people moved to the cheaper T-Mobile Option. I was left and went to T-Mobile in the cingular merge. My sister left Alltel and went to T-Mobile in the Alltel Verizon merge.

    • E Hugus

      My Comcast bill just went from a terrible $135 to about $155 after Comcast took over NBC. I sure did not see a decline so I do not expect a break if this goes through.

    • v8dreaming

      Yet, At&t does away with unlimited data while charging almost the same price for 2gigs and Verizon is doing away with unlimited data and is possibly going to be charging even more than At&t. Paying more for less. Man, sure am glad prices are getting cheaper. 

  • http://twitter.com/Danerisms Dan

    Have one in the Texas area and I will be there!

  • http://twitter.com/Danerisms Dan

    Have one in the Texas area and I will be there!

  • http://twitter.com/Danerisms Dan

    Have one in the Texas area and I will be there!

  • Michael

    Since January AT&T has been strong arming and bullying its customers.AT&T been sending threatening letters and text messages threatening customers that tether and only have data plan but not a tethering plan . The letters state that if they continue to tether they would be taken off their unlimited plan and placed on a $45 limited 2gb data tethering plan and $10 for 1gb of additional data.

  • Michael

    Since January AT&T has been strong arming and bullying its customers.AT&T been sending threatening letters and text messages threatening customers that tether and only have data plan but not a tethering plan . The letters state that if they continue to tether they would be taken off their unlimited plan and placed on a $45 limited 2gb data tethering plan and $10 for 1gb of additional data.

  • Bob

    I also noticed that this month Tmobile started warning me that my saved voicemail would be deleted after a month.  Tmobile has always kept voicemail indefinitely.  I always bragged about this and free visual voicemail from Tmobile.
    AT AT&T?  Voicemail is saved for only two weeks at AT&T and you pay extra per month for visual voicemail.

    Is Tmobile getting ready for the merger?  Coming more in-line with AT&T structure?  There was no reason to limit Voicemail on tmobile NOW???  Visual Voice mail has taken alot of work OFF Tmobile’s voicemail servers so that more space should be available on the mail servers.  Why cut it right NOW?  The merger most likely.

    • Jcj1

      this has always been. you have to re save them to keep longer

      • Bob

        It has not been that way with Tmobile.  I’ve had them for 8 years and have never had the machine (voicemail voice) tell me it was going to delete message unless I resaved.  I have message from 8 months ago saved.  It just started telling me it was going to start deleting message (unless I resaved them) when I dialed into voicemail.

      • Bob

        It has not been that way with Tmobile.  I’ve had them for 8 years and have never had the machine (voicemail voice) tell me it was going to delete message unless I resaved.  I have message from 8 months ago saved.  It just started telling me it was going to start deleting message (unless I resaved them) when I dialed into voicemail.

      • Bob

        It has not been that way with Tmobile.  I’ve had them for 8 years and have never had the machine (voicemail voice) tell me it was going to delete message unless I resaved.  I have message from 8 months ago saved.  It just started telling me it was going to start deleting message (unless I resaved them) when I dialed into voicemail.

  • FREE

    thats lie about the voicemail because i have voicemails from a year ago.  and there is no extra cost to have visual voicemail.

  • FREE

    thats lie about the voicemail because i have voicemails from a year ago.  and there is no extra cost to have visual voicemail.

  • FREE

    thats lie about the voicemail because i have voicemails from a year ago.  and there is no extra cost to have visual voicemail.

  • FREE

    thats lie about the voicemail because i have voicemails from a year ago.  and there is no extra cost to have visual voicemail.

  • Baersfurniture

    i’m more than happy with the way things are now. why mess a good thing up!!