U.S. Senator Herb Kohl Comes Out Against AT&T/T-Mobile Deal

Senator Herb Kohl, Chairman of the US Senate Antitrust Subcommittee has written the FCC urging them to block the proposed AT&T buyout of T-Mobile stating that the buyout “would likely cause substantial harm to competition and consumers would be contrary to antitrust law and not in the public interest, and therefore should be blocked by your agencies.” He specially points out that T-Mobile would effectively be eliminated from the market. The Senator’s comments comes on the heels of T-Mobile’s announcement of their new Value plans which many believe AT&T would never offer.

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  • Magenta

    Swag……Block That S#%T

  • Magenta

    Swag……Block That S#%T

  • LTEcan-be-leased

    yes – nearly all TMO stores are close to AT&T stores = job loss, customer service will remain as good as TMO currently is LMAO, plans and rate will stay, LOL.
    Antitrust does its job!

  • LTEcan-be-leased

    yes – nearly all TMO stores are close to AT&T stores = job loss, customer service will remain as good as TMO currently is LMAO, plans and rate will stay, LOL.
    Antitrust does its job!

  • Anonymous

    Having just watched the last Harry Potter….That guy looks like a Gringotts goblin.  He just needs longer, pointier ears.

    While he looks the perfect bureaucrat, I’m glad that he’s against the merger.  This sounds like the strongest voice so far asking that this merger not to be approved.

  • Anonymous

    Having just watched the last Harry Potter….That guy looks like a Gringotts goblin.  He just needs longer, pointier ears.

    While he looks the perfect bureaucrat, I’m glad that he’s against the merger.  This sounds like the strongest voice so far asking that this merger not to be approved.

  • Anonymous

    Having just watched the last Harry Potter….That guy looks like a Gringotts goblin.  He just needs longer, pointier ears.

    While he looks the perfect bureaucrat, I’m glad that he’s against the merger.  This sounds like the strongest voice so far asking that this merger not to be approved.

  • Sendingjunk

    Way to go…. Now I need some of my home State Senator to come forward in support of Mr. Kohler….. Where are you Florida!???

    • Jeffreygreen1315

      @sendingjunk the floeida senators already took at&t’s money…

  • enveed05

    I hope that the deal is blocked.  Additionally, I hope that T-Mobile US is divested from DT, and that they get serious about growing the company.  I belive that T-Mo will get an infusion of cash somewhere between 3 – 6 billion$ from AT&T if the deal doesn’t happen.  That should go a long way toward improving an already reasonably good network for us.

    • TMO Loyal

      T-Mobile does not get that cash DT gets it. I am sure they are going to keep that for themselves as they pursue other sell options.

  • enveed05

    I hope that the deal is blocked.  Additionally, I hope that T-Mobile US is divested from DT, and that they get serious about growing the company.  I belive that T-Mo will get an infusion of cash somewhere between 3 – 6 billion$ from AT&T if the deal doesn’t happen.  That should go a long way toward improving an already reasonably good network for us.

  • enveed05

    I hope that the deal is blocked.  Additionally, I hope that T-Mobile US is divested from DT, and that they get serious about growing the company.  I belive that T-Mo will get an infusion of cash somewhere between 3 – 6 billion$ from AT&T if the deal doesn’t happen.  That should go a long way toward improving an already reasonably good network for us.

  • Dank414

    Thank you Senator Kohl! Finally someone in the gov’t gets it!

  • Dank414

    Thank you Senator Kohl! Finally someone in the gov’t gets it!

  • Alex wardlaw

    honelsty… he is probably only speaking out because his bribe from ATT wasnt big enough…All the crooks in washington want this to happen…we need competition…not this crap

    • http://twitter.com/Just_Julia Julia H-L

      this dude owns the Milwaukee Bucks, is worth $280 million and isn’t seeking reelection, so either way he has nothing to lose. I, for one, am glad he has spoken out against the merger. 

  • Anonymous

    Well, I guess that T-Mobile and AT&T should have given more money to his campaign…..

  • Anonymous

    Well, I guess that T-Mobile and AT&T should have given more money to his campaign…..

  • TMoFan

    For the first time ever I’m starting to have some hope that this thing will be kiboshed. It’s only a sliver of hope but it’s more hope I had to begin with.

    I’m glad he pointed out the January conference call too, the one where they said T-Mobile is not for sale and will be preparing for LTE in a few years. They had a plan for LTE, until at&t came into the picture.

    It’s no doubt that T-Mobile is a leader in trying out new things and bringing them to the market place. We need companies like T-Mobile and Sprint to keep the others in check and to give people a real alternative. What kind of market is vibrant and competitive when two companies control 80% of it?

    Hope this is the beginning of of more public questioning and scurtiny of the so-called benefits of this takeover.

  • TMoFan

    For the first time ever I’m starting to have some hope that this thing will be kiboshed. It’s only a sliver of hope but it’s more hope I had to begin with.

    I’m glad he pointed out the January conference call too, the one where they said T-Mobile is not for sale and will be preparing for LTE in a few years. They had a plan for LTE, until at&t came into the picture.

    It’s no doubt that T-Mobile is a leader in trying out new things and bringing them to the market place. We need companies like T-Mobile and Sprint to keep the others in check and to give people a real alternative. What kind of market is vibrant and competitive when two companies control 80% of it?

    Hope this is the beginning of of more public questioning and scurtiny of the so-called benefits of this takeover.

  • TMoFan

    For the first time ever I’m starting to have some hope that this thing will be kiboshed. It’s only a sliver of hope but it’s more hope I had to begin with.

    I’m glad he pointed out the January conference call too, the one where they said T-Mobile is not for sale and will be preparing for LTE in a few years. They had a plan for LTE, until at&t came into the picture.

    It’s no doubt that T-Mobile is a leader in trying out new things and bringing them to the market place. We need companies like T-Mobile and Sprint to keep the others in check and to give people a real alternative. What kind of market is vibrant and competitive when two companies control 80% of it?

    Hope this is the beginning of of more public questioning and scurtiny of the so-called benefits of this takeover.

  • Totallymobile

    A Politian with common sense, I have never seen one of those?

  • Totallymobile

    A Politian with common sense, I have never seen one of those?

  • http://ashn.myopenid.com/ Ash

    He’s got my vote!

  • http://twitter.com/mcasao ManwellC

    He’s just  waiting for the payoff, don’t kid yourselves into thinking this won’t happen.

    • http://ashn.myopenid.com/ Ash

      Read @twitter-21495973:disqus ‘s comment.

      “this dude owns the Milwaukee Bucks, is worth $280 million and isn’t
      seeking reelection, so either way he has nothing to lose. I, for one, am
      glad he has spoken out against the merger.”

  • http://twitter.com/mcasao ManwellC

    He’s just  waiting for the payoff, don’t kid yourselves into thinking this won’t happen.

  • http://twitter.com/mcasao ManwellC

    and LOL atthe dreamers that suddenly think a politition is ‘doing the right thing”. America is run on payoffs, favors and back room deals.

    • LTE-can-be-leased

      I agree, but he did say something that actually makes sense – payoffs,favors or deals. The statement of this  Antitrust Subcommittee stands and it is one I would have to agree with,

      • Online

        meant regardless of payoffs,favors or deals

  • http://twitter.com/mcasao ManwellC

    and LOL atthe dreamers that suddenly think a politition is ‘doing the right thing”. America is run on payoffs, favors and back room deals.

  • http://twitter.com/mcasao ManwellC

    and LOL atthe dreamers that suddenly think a politition is ‘doing the right thing”. America is run on payoffs, favors and back room deals.

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    please check my name,thanks!

  • DetroitTechnoFan

    I take the Senator’s comments pretty seriously on this one. He’s a businessman, and has been very successful, and played by the rules. He smells a big stinking rat in AT&T’s actions on this one and sees that the merger only serves to concentrate the market. There’s nothing good that can come out of this.