Cablevision Wants T-Mobile Partnership, End To AT&T Talks

Cablevision, the 8th largest cable provider in the United States has come out in opposition of the T-Mobile/AT&T takeover talks with the hope it would be able to partner with T-Mobile as a cellular network partner. Cablevision declared their standing in a filing with the FCC arguing against the AT&T deal noting that Cablevision would be deprived of it’s best potential partner.

“Cablevision has been actively exploring expanding its mobile Wi-Fi service to incorporate traditional cellular broadband service as a canopy to complement its existing Wi-Fi service,” Cablevision wrote in a recent FCC filing. “Cablevision envisions offering a complete package of mobility services that would employ Wi-Fi and cellular broadband interchangeably and seamlessly.”

Cablevision expressed an interest in partnering up with T-Mobile over Sprint due to the GSM-based network and its larger international reach. Cablevision spokeswoman Kim Kerns told FierceWireless that any AT&T deal would “eliminate T-Mobile as the key wholesale provider needed to enable new companies to enter the wireless telephony market.” Kerns declined to comment on whether or not Cablevision and T-Mobile were in talks. T-Mobile declined to comment for the FierceWireless report. 

Cablevision currently has more than 500,000 customers using its Wi-Fi network with more than 60% of those customers using it more than 10 times a month. Cablevision recently boosted their peak speeds to 15Mbps on the network. Cablevision, I’ve honestly never heard of you but I like you!

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  • Youngt82

    We got Cablevision/Optimum here in new york :)

    • DfzddfDF

      word up yo tmobile and optimum services would be so ill

      • Anonymous

        seriously?

    • DfzddfDF

      word up yo tmobile and optimum services would be so ill

    • Anonymous

      I actually miss their service when I used to be in NYC.  I’m happy that they’re speaking out!  :)

  • Youngt82

    We got Cablevision/Optimum here in new york :)

  • Youngt82

    We got Cablevision/Optimum here in new york :)

  • 30014

    They don’t service my area so this proposal is useless to me, but since they are against the merger I am all for them speaking out.

    • Anonymous

      yea but that’s not the point. the point is that, with a T-Mobile partnership, Cablevision is instantly a national/nationwide player in the mobile market division. That kind of merger makes you a Cablevision customer (that is if you are currently a T-Mobile customer). For all you know it’ll also help them expand their other services nationwide…and maybe offer cheap cable tv to their now mobile customers… ;)

      • 30014

        I get the point just fine. Regardless of what happens with them and tmo, I wouldn’t use their services. I’m content with my provider. All I care about is the fact that they’re against the merger.

        • Anonymous

          I hear you, 30014. I am glad they are against the merger too :)

  • 30014

    They don’t service my area so this proposal is useless to me, but since they are against the merger I am all for them speaking out.

  • Chotpy

    Lolol Cablevision. That’s great for NYers for sure.

  • Chotpy

    Lolol Cablevision. That’s great for NYers for sure.

  • Anonymous

    anything that increase competition sounds good to me… I think T-Mobile would be a better option to be with cablevision than to be eliminated by AT&T.

  • boothemerger

    Cablevision used to be in Wichita, KS but then Cox communications moved in, (Cox is owned by Commcast) and cablevision went out.

  • boothemerger

    Cablevision used to be in Wichita, KS but then Cox communications moved in, (Cox is owned by Commcast) and cablevision went out.

  • Clifford891

    Works for ct

  • Anonymous

    Who the hell is Cablevision?? But I like you too…just like David does… ;). 

    • Anonymous

      They are direct competitors with Verizon Fios in the upper east coast, based out of New York. This deal would make perfect sense in those regards, with Verizon having an established wireless network, and also giving Cablevision a path to nationwide spectrum.

    • Anonymous

      They are direct competitors with Verizon Fios in the upper east coast, based out of New York. This deal would make perfect sense in those regards, with Verizon having an established wireless network, and also giving Cablevision a path to nationwide spectrum.

  • jarvis billena

    Go Cablevision!! And no at&t..This sounds way better than at&t crap…

  • http://twitter.com/blackbirdw68 DonTonTingo

    I’D DEFINITELY HAVE TO SWITCH IF CABLEVISION TOOK OVER!!
    Cablevision is the WORST cable company I’ve ever had and I’ve had a lot! (DirecTV, Comcast, BrightHouse, TimeWarner, FiOS) 

    • Anonymous

      Funny that I have a polar opposite experience with them.

      • Anonymous

        Even if you havent had a bad experience, their service is still more expensive than FIOS and without cause.  FIOS offers way more HD channels, way more OD HD channels and just a clearer more consistent picture as well as internet speeds that put Cablevision (IO) to shame.  TWC is not much better, but I would take them over Cablevision any day of the week.  I liked TWC until I got FIOS.  Little things like the fact that I can get HBO GO or ESPN Watch.  Wouldnt have access to either of those applications if I had Cablevision, plus I would be supporting the Dolans.

      • Anonymous

        Even if you havent had a bad experience, their service is still more expensive than FIOS and without cause.  FIOS offers way more HD channels, way more OD HD channels and just a clearer more consistent picture as well as internet speeds that put Cablevision (IO) to shame.  TWC is not much better, but I would take them over Cablevision any day of the week.  I liked TWC until I got FIOS.  Little things like the fact that I can get HBO GO or ESPN Watch.  Wouldnt have access to either of those applications if I had Cablevision, plus I would be supporting the Dolans.

      • Anonymous

        Even if you havent had a bad experience, their service is still more expensive than FIOS and without cause.  FIOS offers way more HD channels, way more OD HD channels and just a clearer more consistent picture as well as internet speeds that put Cablevision (IO) to shame.  TWC is not much better, but I would take them over Cablevision any day of the week.  I liked TWC until I got FIOS.  Little things like the fact that I can get HBO GO or ESPN Watch.  Wouldnt have access to either of those applications if I had Cablevision, plus I would be supporting the Dolans.

      • Anonymous

        Even if you havent had a bad experience, their service is still more expensive than FIOS and without cause.  FIOS offers way more HD channels, way more OD HD channels and just a clearer more consistent picture as well as internet speeds that put Cablevision (IO) to shame.  TWC is not much better, but I would take them over Cablevision any day of the week.  I liked TWC until I got FIOS.  Little things like the fact that I can get HBO GO or ESPN Watch.  Wouldnt have access to either of those applications if I had Cablevision, plus I would be supporting the Dolans.

        • Anonymous

          Verizon just dropped the mandatory contract and price by 10 bucks in my area recently. Cheaper, ok, but whatever. The internet speed putting Optimum too shame is a outright lie.

        • Anonymous

          Verizon just dropped the mandatory contract and price by 10 bucks in my area recently. Cheaper, ok, but whatever. The internet speed putting Optimum too shame is a outright lie.

        • Anonymous

          I have 35Mbps DL/UL for an amount cheaper than their 15Mbps crap. Outright lie? Go prove me wrong.

        • Anonymous

          I have 35Mbps DL/UL for an amount cheaper than their 15Mbps crap. Outright lie? Go prove me wrong.

  • LBdaMercenary

    Cablevision use to be in kansas city then the whole time warner thing came around.

  • BkBunny

    This is interesting info, especially since I am a Cablevision customer & a T-Mobile employee. Even more interesting considering that Cablevision charges crazy rates for their services and their customer service is not great….waiting to hear more about how this plays out.

  • http://twitter.com/mahmoud824 Mahmoud Shaaban

    yes ATT got some competition, i wonder what would happen if a regional carrier like MetroPCS or U.S. Cellular  decides they want to purchase T-mobile  and give them an offer thats higher than ATT’s how will the FCC respond or ATT.

  • http://twitter.com/mahmoud824 Mahmoud Shaaban

    yes ATT got some competition, i wonder what would happen if a regional carrier like MetroPCS or U.S. Cellular  decides they want to purchase T-mobile  and give them an offer thats higher than ATT’s how will the FCC respond or ATT.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EVYBM3M5N4KOCHH3RVVA3ZLI7Q Mark

    Never heard of this cable vision company but whatever makes T-Mo stay, then I’ll accept it. Go T-mo!

  • http://twitter.com/portaltonowhere Cory

    I have cablevision (brooklyn ny) and i would be much happier with this than the merger.

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

    OMG, that would be great. Yes, help in the fight Cablevision, SAVE US! I just watched the news & they just cemented that AT&T is the worst in customer satisfaction coming in dead last of the 4 major wireless carriers via. a JD Power & Associates survey.

    • ao5050

      I totally agree I was an AT&T customer for over 10 yrs and their customer service SUCKS no regards for customer satisfaction nor hear their concerns. Practically they don’t give it dam about customers, all they care about is MAKING MONEY!!!
      So I switched to tmobile years ago.

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

        It’s sad. My grandma is a AT&T retiree & even w/ her massive discounts from them she will never touch their wireless service. She attest against them.

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

        It’s sad. My grandma is a AT&T retiree & even w/ her massive discounts from them she will never touch their wireless service. She attest against them.

  • http://MobileGenius.wordpress.com JM

    I think I had Cablevision service once. I cannot remember where I lived at the time though.

  • infinityminusone

    Is it just me or more and more people are coming out against this merger!!!

    Based on the comments I really hope its just not the loyal T-Mobile customers opposing the deal.It’s good to see senators, Sprint(although they have their own reasons) and now the not so big players voicing their opposition.

  • TMoFan

    I’m sad to see the T-Mobile I know vanish, but any deal with another company is better than at&t. I’m not against this sellout because I want to see T-Mobile remain as it is; I’m against it because selling out to at&t would have a detrimental effect on the industry and consumers. Predatory at&t knew that T-Mobile would have to partner with someone so they made an offer Rene Obermann couldn’t refuse. I hope this thing gets rejected and another path is found for T-Mobile USA.

  • TMoFan

    I’m sad to see the T-Mobile I know vanish, but any deal with another company is better than at&t. I’m not against this sellout because I want to see T-Mobile remain as it is; I’m against it because selling out to at&t would have a detrimental effect on the industry and consumers. Predatory at&t knew that T-Mobile would have to partner with someone so they made an offer Rene Obermann couldn’t refuse. I hope this thing gets rejected and another path is found for T-Mobile USA.

  • Anonymous

    Cablevision is a horrible NY Area cable provider.  They run those IO commercials but FIOS is hands downs better in Cable and Internet.  James Dolan the CEO is owner of The Knicks and a Douche.

  • Anonymous

    Cablevision is a horrible NY Area cable provider.  They run those IO commercials but FIOS is hands downs better in Cable and Internet.  James Dolan the CEO is owner of The Knicks and a Douche.

  • Anonymous

    they are horrible.

  • Anonymous

    Everything you said is spot on, I am in the same boat not able to watch the Knicks in HD because I have FIOS.  

  • Silk7412

    The enemy of my enemy is my friend! This is so true. At much as I have problems with CV. I would be very happy if CV got there hands on tmobile.
    Stopping AT$T from taking tmo to the 60s again (Mabell)

  • Silk7412

    The enemy of my enemy is my friend! This is so true. At much as I have problems with CV. I would be very happy if CV got there hands on tmobile.
    Stopping AT$T from taking tmo to the 60s again (Mabell)

  • Silk7412

    The enemy of my enemy is my friend! This is so true. At much as I have problems with CV. I would be very happy if CV got there hands on tmobile.
    Stopping AT$T from taking tmo to the 60s again (Mabell)

  • http://twitter.com/BeanTNT Bean

    who the hell does Dolan think he is complaining to the FCC in the first damn place?
    They wouldnt be interested in a tmo partnership if the merger was never afoot SMH all politics

  • David

    I think you guys are missing the point cablevision wants to purchase wholesale spectrum T-Mobile’s network not to purchase T-Mobile.

  • Anonymous

    I think Cablevision could be the missing piece to a Network looking to expand. Maybe T-Mobile will rethink their position in the US and try alternative ways of moving T-Mobile into the future. 

  • Anonymous

    I think Cablevision could be the missing piece to a Network looking to expand. Maybe T-Mobile will rethink their position in the US and try alternative ways of moving T-Mobile into the future. 

  • Anonymous

    I think Cablevision could be the missing piece to a Network looking to expand. Maybe T-Mobile will rethink their position in the US and try alternative ways of moving T-Mobile into the future. 

  • Crazythunder1968

    i live waaaay over in buffalo,ny. anytime the sabres are on msg, i’m forced to watch it in standard definition,this in 2011. all because i have fios. ugh. cablevision used to be in buffalo many years ago,way before adelphia,then time warner.  go away cablevision! you appear to be as pathetic as att.

  • Crazythunder1968

    i live waaaay over in buffalo,ny. anytime the sabres are on msg, i’m forced to watch it in standard definition,this in 2011. all because i have fios. ugh. cablevision used to be in buffalo many years ago,way before adelphia,then time warner.  go away cablevision! you appear to be as pathetic as att.

  • Crazythunder1968

    i live waaaay over in buffalo,ny. anytime the sabres are on msg, i’m forced to watch it in standard definition,this in 2011. all because i have fios. ugh. cablevision used to be in buffalo many years ago,way before adelphia,then time warner.  go away cablevision! you appear to be as pathetic as att.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YZYZDJ7XT5VBWZEWZHSQYSOCQU Erick

    I would have been happy if Google did a bid for TMo instead of At&t. But 39billion dollars doesn’t come around the corner. I see why Tmo is so happy to sell their US company

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YZYZDJ7XT5VBWZEWZHSQYSOCQU Erick

    I would have been happy if Google did a bid for TMo instead of At&t. But 39billion dollars doesn’t come around the corner. I see why Tmo is so happy to sell their US company

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=26303408 Rob Euro

    I know Cablevision would be just as expensive as AT&T, but I still would support the Cablevision deal for the pure competition stand point. That’s all I care about. I could care less who got T-Mobile, as long as it’s not an existing Cellular company.

  • Dudznyc

    I have cablevision here in NY, and I actually think that would be a better deal since it’s two smaller companies joining together to improve and create innovation. AT&T is perfectly fine, if VZW can handle all the Droids, new iPhones and iPads on it’s 3G network, then AT&T can most certainly handle the strain by altering its bandwidth and spectrum in order to move forward… for instance depleting 2G service in areas where 3G is present; that will free up spectrum where 2G (a.k.a. EDGE) once held and allow them to move other technologies in.

    Point is AT&T & Verizon own all the backhaul, etc. so AT&T does NOT need T-Mobile in order to free up spectrum constraints, it simply needs to renovate and reuse it’s current spectrum.

  • Anonymous

    Would you quit mincing words and test us what you really think about the Dolans?

    • Anonymous

      Lol!

    • Anonymous

      Lol!

    • Anonymous

      Lol!

    • Anonymous

      Lol!

  • Anonymous

    that would be an interesting combo

  • Anonymous

    that would be an interesting combo

  • Anonymous

    I personally would prefer Optimum to have DT asserts in US than ATT.

  • Anonymous

    I personally would prefer Optimum to have DT asserts in US than ATT.

  • Anonymous

    I personally would prefer Optimum to have DT asserts in US than ATT.