Congressional Members Ask President Obama To Settle AT&T/T-Mobile DOJ Lawsuit

Fifteen House of Representative Democrat members led by Rep. Heath Shuler from North Carolina have written a letter to President Obama urging him to settle the Department of Justice lawsuit filed against the AT&T/T-Mobile takeover.

“By settling the proposed merger of AT&T and T-Mobile USA, we can put thousands of Americans back to work and promote economic development across the country,” Shuler said. I urge the president to strongly consider the vast benefits this merger will have on job creation and the economy, and quickly resolve any concerns the administration may have with the proposal.”

These fifteen representatives believe that the merger is good for the country, will create jobs and spur the buildout of a nationwide broadband network. The Department of Justice could withdraw its lawsuit if AT&T agrees to divestitures, pricing guarantees or other conditions.

“We recognize that the Department of Justice has intervened in the merger to ensure competitive markets and protect consumers,” wrote lawmakers including Reps. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.), Joe Baca (D-Calif.), John Barrow (D-Ga.) and Dan Boren (D-Okla.). “Addressing these concerns through a settlement agreement that ensures robust competition while preserving the job creation, capital infrastructure investment and wireless broadband deployment benefits of the merger should be the Department’s goal.”

While a leaked letter acknowledged that AT&T could build out a nationwide 4G network for less than 1/10th of their buying price for T-Mobile, AT&T has said it will not build out a nationwide network without T-Mobile spectrum. The revelation that it would only cost AT&T $3.8 billion to build out their network is a primary reason for blocking the merger according to consumer advocates arguing that the deal is bad for the industry and consumers.

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Sprint was quick to respond with their own statement:

“Make no mistake, AT&T’s proposed takeover of T-Mobile will eliminate tens of thousand of jobs across the country.

The flawed economic study embraced by AT&T and its union ignores what Wall Street investors and the Federal Government have been already been promised: that the overall investment for the combined companies will be substantially reduced if the proposed transaction closes.

At the moment, this matter is before the Courts, not Congress, and we are confident that the Department of Justice decision to prosecute this unlawful transaction is the right one for consumers, for competition, and for the economy as a whole.”

 

Full Text of Letter To President Obama:

September 15, 2011

The Honorable Barack Obama

President of the United States

The White House

Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear Mr. President:

On September 8th, you came before a Joint Session of Congress and asked us to focus our efforts on solving America’s jobs crisis by working to reduce unemployment, encourage private investment and promote new and innovative technologies that will drive job creation. We agree wholeheartedly, and both the Congress and the Administration should take action immediately to battle our country’s severe economic crisis.

One opportunity rests squarely before you with the proposed transaction between AT&T and T-Mobile USA. We urge the Administration to resolve expeditiously your concerns and approve the proposed merger between AT&T and T-Mobile USA. The current merger proposal embraces the three job creation strategies you have already highlighted.

First, the merger will reduce unemployment.  AT&T has announced plans to repatriate 5,000 jobs that are currently being performed overseas.  In addition to these 5,000 jobs, a recent study (SITE) has shown that the merger will create somewhere between 55,000 and 96,000 new jobs to integrate the two networks and upgrade facilities.

Secondly, the merger will engender new private investment to deploy wireless high speed Internet access services to 97% of the U.S. population.  Coverage of this magnitude will necessitate an additional $8 billion investment from AT&T over and above its current industry leading capital investments.

You recognized the economic importance of these services in your “State of the Union” address to the nation last January, when you said “within the next five years, we’ll make it possible for businesses to deploy the next generation of high-speed wireless coverage to 98% of all Americans.”  The proposed merger will virtually achieve that goal – and do so on a faster timetable than you had proposed and without a single dime of taxpayer money.

Finally, the deployment of next generation, wireless broadband is the type of investment in new and innovative technology that will drive job creation for years to come.  A recent study by Deloitte predicts that next generation wireless broadband buildout by the wireless industry will create 371,000-771,000 jobs and GDP growth between $73 billion and $151 billion by 2016.  AT&T’s proposed merger commitment to make available this new technology to 98% of the nation’s population will be a key component of the industry buildout.

We recognize that the Department of Justice has intervened in the merger to ensure competitive markets and protect consumers.  Addressing these concerns through a settlement agreement that ensures robust competition while preserving the job creation, capital infrastructure investment and wireless broadband deployment benefits of the merger should be the Department’s goal.

We urge you to encourage resolution of this matter in a timely fashion and appreciate your consideration of our concerns.

Sincerely,

Heath Shuler

Member of Congress

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  • Anonymous

    Obama be like: I don’t give a shxt about it, as long as i can haz my blackberry, sweet sweet blackberry….

  • Anonymous

    Obama be like: I don’t give a shxt about it, as long as i can haz my blackberry, sweet sweet blackberry….

    • Guest77

      Grow Up!

    • Guest77

      Grow Up!

  • No wonder Congress has an 82% disapproval letter. Morons!

    • Anonymous

      This is like the very definition of political corruption/manipulation. We’re getting in a lot of textbook examples in lately.

  • No wonder Congress has an 82% disapproval letter. Morons!

  • Derrick227

    all i want to know is, that will tmobile still exist? or is it going to be owned by at&t? i want to stay with tmobile and get the new slimmer curve 9360…..

    • Ash

      Where have you been? If the deal pass, T-mo gone, ATT takes over.

  • Derrick227

    all i want to know is, that will tmobile still exist? or is it going to be owned by at&t? i want to stay with tmobile and get the new slimmer curve 9360…..

  • It amazes me how people that are suppose to understand politics and the economy have absolutely no clue about the effects this merger will have. This merger WON’T have more jobs, or even higher paying jobs in the long run. Also it won’t increase competition, and it will leave AT&T with a nationwide GSM monopoly and nationally a duopoly between at&t and Verizon.

    I’m going to be PISSED if this deal goes through.

    • Ash

      They just understand $$, that is going in their pocket.
      Anybody who think these scums really care about the people in the USA, needs to wake up.

    • Ash

      They just understand $$, that is going in their pocket.
      Anybody who think these scums really care about the people in the USA, needs to wake up.

  • It amazes me how people that are suppose to understand politics and the economy have absolutely no clue about the effects this merger will have. This merger WON’T have more jobs, or even higher paying jobs in the long run. Also it won’t increase competition, and it will leave AT&T with a nationwide GSM monopoly and nationally a duopoly between at&t and Verizon.

    I’m going to be PISSED if this deal goes through.

  • Guest101

    This literally makes me sick to my stomach.  371,000-771,000 jobs my ass!  Verizon is building their LTE out right now…that didn’t create half a million jobs.  

    • JJ

      Well said. Sprint should hear this comment so that they can add this in future replies…….:)

  • Guest101

    This literally makes me sick to my stomach.  371,000-771,000 jobs my ass!  Verizon is building their LTE out right now…that didn’t create half a million jobs.  

  • Wow… this just got a billion time more complicated. When will the madness end so people can move on with their lives.

  • Wow… this just got a billion time more complicated. When will the madness end so people can move on with their lives.

  • Wow… this just got a billion time more complicated. When will the madness end so people can move on with their lives.

  • Bayhill

    This is a bad merger for consumers and workers, living in Seattle there are about 3500 T-Mobile corporate HQ employees and approximately the same number of AT&T employees which will mean some folks will be losing their jobs in our region. The only benefit would be if AT&T would move all of the overseas call center jobs back into the U.S. as a part of this merger.  It is the only way there would be a net positive on jobs.

  • Joecg2000

    I love how they don’t mention, the tmobile employess & dealer who will be out on the streets. They also don’t acknowldge at&t just buildong this robust network for cheaper without wiping tombile out.what it sounds like to me is AT&T donated some money to these crooks & that’s where at&ts confidence came from alla break up fee. No that the money donated their way is spent they are trying to cover their own you know what. Its so transparrent its silly

  • Joecg2000

    I love how they don’t mention, the tmobile employess & dealer who will be out on the streets. They also don’t acknowldge at&t just buildong this robust network for cheaper without wiping tombile out.what it sounds like to me is AT&T donated some money to these crooks & that’s where at&ts confidence came from alla break up fee. No that the money donated their way is spent they are trying to cover their own you know what. Its so transparrent its silly

  • Joecg2000

    I love how they don’t mention, the tmobile employess & dealer who will be out on the streets. They also don’t acknowldge at&t just buildong this robust network for cheaper without wiping tombile out.what it sounds like to me is AT&T donated some money to these crooks & that’s where at&ts confidence came from alla break up fee. No that the money donated their way is spent they are trying to cover their own you know what. Its so transparrent its silly

  • Joecg2000

    I love how they don’t mention, the tmobile employess & dealer who will be out on the streets. They also don’t acknowldge at&t just buildong this robust network for cheaper without wiping tombile out.what it sounds like to me is AT&T donated some money to these crooks & that’s where at&ts confidence came from alla break up fee. No that the money donated their way is spent they are trying to cover their own you know what. Its so transparrent its silly

  • guest

    This is pay to play politics, all listed here were paid by AT&T and want to keep the cash flowing. 1) Rep. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) paid $22,000 by AT&T2) Reps. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.), paid $69,500 by AT&T3) Joe Baca (D-Calif.), paid $70,000 by AT&T4) John Barrow (D-Ga.) paid $38,000 by AT&T5) Dan Boren (D-Okla.) paid $37,250 by AT&T

  • guest

    This is pay to play politics, all listed here were paid by AT&T and want to keep the cash flowing. 1) Rep. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) paid $22,000 by AT&T2) Reps. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.), paid $69,500 by AT&T3) Joe Baca (D-Calif.), paid $70,000 by AT&T4) John Barrow (D-Ga.) paid $38,000 by AT&T5) Dan Boren (D-Okla.) paid $37,250 by AT&T

  • guest

    This is pay to play politics, all listed here were paid by AT&T and want to keep the cash flowing. 1) Rep. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) paid $22,000 by AT&T2) Reps. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.), paid $69,500 by AT&T3) Joe Baca (D-Calif.), paid $70,000 by AT&T4) John Barrow (D-Ga.) paid $38,000 by AT&T5) Dan Boren (D-Okla.) paid $37,250 by AT&T

    • Ash

      Please send this to DOJ, FCC, Obama….hell, even Sprint.

  • Anonymous

    So the 5000 call center jobs = The tens of thousand T-Mobile employees that will be lost ? What about the employess at all the dealers and vendors ? Sorry Rep Shuler it’s very transparent what your motivation is.

  • RevenG

    Bet you can’t guess how much AT&T paid him to send that letter. Oh, how I love lobbying and corruption in these great United States.

    • Ash

      Yeah, one would think this kinda corruption usually only happens in 3rd world, or developing countries.
      It’s sad buy true….happens often in USA too.

  • RevenG

    Bet you can’t guess how much AT&T paid him to send that letter. Oh, how I love lobbying and corruption in these great United States.

  • Hurlamania

    Time to get a obama letter campaign going…

  • Joecg2000

    In other words… “help us OBAMA so at&t keeps giving us money!”

  • Joecg2000

    In other words… “help us OBAMA so at&t keeps giving us money!”

    • Downwith AT&Junk

      Remember Nov 2012 you can help unemployee all fifteen representatives

  • Attsucks

    So these fifteen representatives r on at&t payroll?

    • Anonymous

      YYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWN. 

    • Anonymous

      YYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWN. 

    • Chewy106

      Yes they are actually. Look up Shuler and his PAC contributors. AT&T is 3rd highest.

  • Attsucks

    So these fifteen representatives r on at&t payroll?

  • Attsucks

    So these fifteen representatives r on at&t payroll?

  • wsj

    Get DOJ to settle so we can bring to the USA 5000 Union jobs & voters, and too bad for the non-union T-mobile jobs, is how I read that letter.

    • Downwith AT&Junk

      lets see 5000 jobs vs how many are they going to let go at TMO??? lets just say less are coming back then being let go…

      • HA!

        Yep.. T-Mobile retail employees = Gone… 2k stores * average 6 employees…

  • Joecg2000

    they wouldn’t call it payroll…. donations sound so much nicer… aka bs

  • Joecg2000

    they wouldn’t call it payroll…. donations sound so much nicer… aka bs

  • Nathan S.

    Great!   This is going to go over sooooo well. All he will see is that they are saying Jobs will be added and will sign right off on it. No further thought. Count this deal as done and Tmobile as being gone.

  • Nathan S.

    Great!   This is going to go over sooooo well. All he will see is that they are saying Jobs will be added and will sign right off on it. No further thought. Count this deal as done and Tmobile as being gone.

  • Anonymous

    GOOD bring on ATT so we can end this crap. Much much better than the alternative of a cable company buying tmobile. 

    • tbyrne

      Our Beloved T-Mobile is dead. Long live T-Mobile!

  • Alex wardlaw

    OMG!!!..Really!!,,,,Barry has NO and I mean NO leg to do this… its STUPID, CRAZY…That stupid SOB has killed our country and now they want him to try and kill Tmobile… this is outright BS… if the sorry SOB say one thing about it he is as stupid as he looks…

    • Northside773

      You are an idiot of the worst kind. Just wow.

    • Northside773

      You are an idiot of the worst kind. Just wow.

    • Anonymous

      He didn’t kill it, he’s just failed to revive it.

    • johnwall

      with every great nation everything will fall but always raise back up again so u cant say anything. its easy for anybody say bad things but difficult to do. 

  • souggie

    These hoes called obama? im so done

  • souggie

    These hoes called obama? im so done

  • souggie

    Thats a bitch move, at&t…

  • souggie

    Thats a bitch move, at&t…

  • Derrick227

    i dont know whats going on, i feel like a child in between his parents arguing O.o

  • Derrick227

    i dont know whats going on, i feel like a child in between his parents arguing O.o

  • Rafisvaca2

    Fucking left-wing nuts.

    • tbyrne

      I used to think conspiracy theorists were nuts! My theory now on this merger is it MUST be a conspiracy! I guess I’m nuts now too!

    • Hdtvguy

      Left wing nuts? Pro merger likely means right wing nuts

  • GGRay

    When was the last time jobs were created as part of a merger or acquisition?…as opposed to elimination of jobs. What are the 15 representatives smoking…Heath Shuler is from tobacco country..they definitely are growing something else there for their congressmen.

  • Enrique Almaguer

    i want some of what they’re smoking

    • Ash

      ATT dollar bills, you see….they put these…stuff….bribe….in the middle, then roll em up like so….then….puff,,,ATT gets their wishes.

  • Anonymous

    I doubt that there has ever been a merger between 2 companies where a lot of layoff has not happened.  What happens when you combine 2 companies that do the same exact thing?  You wind up with a lot more people doing the same thing.  When too many people are doing the same thing, the natural thing to do is to cut off the excess so that you can decrease your overhead.

    If this deal goes through, yes there might be more jobs created to build out the 4G network.  All those other people that become unnecessary in other departments will eventually find themselves out of a job as offices/locations consolidate.  And when the 4G build out is complete, those jobs that were created will be cut also.

    Bad idea!

  • Chewy106

    I actually wrote the president over this. Pathetic. Shuler’s 3rd highest PAC campaign contributor is AT&T…shocking.

  • Shyguyatlanta

    Hmmm let me guess which lobbyists contributed highly to these 15 people? I bet the have gotten big contributions from ATT TMobile and telecommunications lobby! I also bet they never pay for their cell phones!

  • hatch

    We need a list of these sellouts so we can choose to not re-elect them.

    • Jays_on

      Just look for the (D) after their names and you will know who not to re-elect. Not that (R) is a lot better, but anything is better than bloodsucking democrats.

  • Njfpolyr6

    IMO, i would suggest US to spend more time concentrating on upgrading the electrical power system across the country and also start building the high speed train system instead of arguing this merger case..  as below ppl said it will not create more jobs.  It will just eliminate the ppl (either AT&T or T-mobile) such as customer service rep, or the tech team…. 

    • n900mixalot

      I wish they’d start with education but you’re right, the focus here is WAY off.

  • Silk7412

    Well I sent the president my letter infroming him of the 43,798 people that have filed at the FCC and most of them don’t want this deal and they VOTE !!

  • Anonymous

    Merger creates jobs, Yeah right. As long as you pay them, politicians will declare their moms are men!

  • Anonymous

    Merger creates jobs, Yeah right. As long as you pay them, politicians will declare their moms are men!

  • Anonymous

    Merger creates jobs, Yeah right. As long as you pay them, politicians will declare their moms are men!

  • Anonymous

    Merger creates jobs, Yeah right. As long as you pay them, politicians will declare their moms are men!

  • BigMixxx

    Quoting numbers between that span 100 percent of the first number, using terms like create, etc, etc, etc. There is no real evidence, except a company will be gone and current jobs will be lost.  

    There is no numbers in this letter to Obama.  However, since it is coming from the Dems to the Dem leader, he will address it.Obama best do what he normally does, push for understanding and help make decision.  This does not bode well for the T mobile and the jobs in America.  WHY must we go tell dad when we can’t settle a problem.The most encouraging thing here is, AT&T wants to avoid divestiture….

    • Ali

      You want a percentage?  15/~250…That is 6-7% of all democrats in the House of Representative (not counting Senate…)

      If need be, I am willing to bet at least 16 Dems will get together and send out a letter to the president.  But, odds are, the President has more important matters to attend to than this..

      • BigMixxx

        I read a announcement at work that read 10 to 150% in cost savings once.  figure the numbers out on 10 to 150%….

        • Ali

          …What?

        • BigMixxx

          I read an email that announced cost savings…10 to 150%.  Those numbers just don’t add up…

        • Ali

          Apparently they give you half the money you would normally pay back to provide this service.

          But, seriously, less than 10% of all Democrat representatives and, even more importantly, less than 5% of all representatives filed this…Probably isn’t as big of a deal as some are making it out to be.

  • BigMixxx

    Quoting numbers between that span 100 percent of the first number, using terms like create, etc, etc, etc. There is no real evidence, except a company will be gone and current jobs will be lost.  

    There is no numbers in this letter to Obama.  However, since it is coming from the Dems to the Dem leader, he will address it.Obama best do what he normally does, push for understanding and help make decision.  This does not bode well for the T mobile and the jobs in America.  WHY must we go tell dad when we can’t settle a problem.The most encouraging thing here is, AT&T wants to avoid divestiture….

  • BigMixxx

    And who is starting the letter writing campaign…

  • BigMixxx

    And who is starting the letter writing campaign…

  • BigMixxx

    And who is starting the letter writing campaign…

  • the_truth

    Wonder what my troll Blake thinks of this. Not political he says.

  • Bowlinglarry52

    How many stores do you think they well close if this goes through. More people well lose jobs than they make

    • Ali

      I’m in Lexington, where we have 5 stores.  I would be shocked if they didn’t close down at least 4 of them, and maybe all 5.  They are building a brand new store next to our biggest (not quite busiest) store, and they have about 5 stores in the city right now.  The only possible exception is a little kiosk as they don’t have one in the mall, but one of their best stores in the nation is right across the street from the mall, so they could even shut down the kiosks.

      And who needs to merge all the T-Mobile workers of 5 stores with all the current workers of their AT&T stores?

    • Ali

      I’m in Lexington, where we have 5 stores.  I would be shocked if they didn’t close down at least 4 of them, and maybe all 5.  They are building a brand new store next to our biggest (not quite busiest) store, and they have about 5 stores in the city right now.  The only possible exception is a little kiosk as they don’t have one in the mall, but one of their best stores in the nation is right across the street from the mall, so they could even shut down the kiosks.

      And who needs to merge all the T-Mobile workers of 5 stores with all the current workers of their AT&T stores?

  • Bowlinglarry52

    How many stores do you think they well close if this goes through. More people well lose jobs than they make

  • Stop posting this video in every post.

  • Jays_on

    What would you expect from Democrats?

  • Jays_on

    What would you expect from Democrats?

    • Anonymous

      15 Democrats — behaving like Republicans.

      • Jays_on

        To bad your comment is incoherent. As is most liberal logic, if u can excuse the oxymoron.

      • Jays_on

        To bad your comment is incoherent. As is most liberal logic, if u can excuse the oxymoron.

        • Ali

          Says the guy who cannot put a grammatical phrase together correctly.  If you know anything about politics, it’s ALWAYS been a conservative’s (aka, present day Republican…) outlook to side with Big Business.  I mean, look at history, look at the mottos, including “Big Business is our Business.”

          These guys are probably the 15 most right winged “democrats” out there.  But, please, go on and continue your blind following of Faux News, the Tea Party and that absolute moron of a candidate you’ll likely be voting for in one year’s time in Sarah Palin.

        • n900mixalot

          Thank you for making that distinction. Traditional Conservatives are embarrassed by these Neo-Conservative idiots. Traditional Conservatives want skilled people to run their nursing homes, banks, and to drive their cars–not a bunch of ignorant morons with guns complaining about any and everything that doesn’t make sense to them.

        • n900mixalot

          “Too” not “to”. Your second sentence is trash.

  • Anonymous

    Hey Obama, you want your 2nd term? You want to create jobs and reduce unemployment rate?
    Look no further. Your fellow democrats have invented a new simple solution: merge all the big players in each industry and you’ll automatically get millions of jobs!

  • Frustrated

    September 15, 2011
    The Honorable Barack Obama
    President of the United States
    The White House
    Washington, D.C. 20500
    Dear Mr. President:

    In reference to your letter from Heath Shuler, stating that with the approved AT&T/T-Mobile merger, there would be 5,000 jobs created, I am curious, as to what will happen to the jobs which are currently held by people who currently work for T-Mobile.  Is someone using fuzzy mathematics, and saying that the jobs eliminated by this acquisition, which it is, and not a merger, will simply result in 5,000 more jobs?  I do not understand people who are involved with the AT&T side of things, can logically state this ‘fact’.  With your Joint Session of Congress last week, (8 Sep 2011), and wanting to focus on job creation, I believe it would be prudent to let the Department of Justice, handle this case, and allow the DOJ to block this acquisition, as there has been evidence supplied by AT&T, stating that a LTE network could be built out for around 10% of the purchase price of T-Mobile USA, and also is about eliminating competition form the marketplace.  Further to the statements about covering 97% of the US population, currently there are advertisements on television, from AT&T, stating that they cover 97% of Americans, if this is the case, that they already cover 97% of the population, that makes me question the validity of their claims of going to cover 97% of Americans with this acquisition.  If they already cover 97% of the population, why don’t AT&T actually convert their current towers to LTE capability, and still cover 97% of the US population.  
    With regards to the timetable of deploying LTE to the country, in the evidence supplied to the DOJ, which was quickly removed, it stated that AT&T were considering deploying LTE much sooner than they currently are if given the approval of this acquisition.  I urge you to encourage resolution of this matter in a timely fashion and appreciate your consideration of our concerns.

    Sincerely, a frustrated T-Mobile customer.  

    • tbyrne

      Your letter sums it all up. It’s unfortunate it’ll never see the light of day. This things a Tank that’s gonna run you and everyone else over. Our beloved T-Mobile is dead. Long live T-Mobile!!!!!

      • Frustrated

        Does anyone know how to submit this to Obama, and also, would anyone else be willing to be a signatory on this letter besides myself?

        • n900mixalot

          You’ll have to sign your name, but just send it to him, CC your local representatives, the FCC and the DOJ. It’s really easy to do.

          And hand-write the envelope, and make sure to include your return address. Handwritten envelopes get through faster, and they show a little effort on your part.

        • Anonymous

          Count me in for a signature

    • Anonymous

      It’s true that it will add more jobs under AT&T.  What is not mentioned are the hundreds of thousands of jobs that will be lost for T-Mobile.  All AT&T is playing are number games and tickling the ears by throwing out the whole “jobs” game. 

    • sino8r

      Obama is not a judge, lol! Why are you addressing him as honorable?

      • sino8r

        My bad… the moron congressman put that in the heading… take that part out because its stupid. You are smarter that jackass congressman. That’s like calling the pope, your majesty, lol!

  • TMoFan

    Yeah the so-called “synergies” that are trumpeted by Obermann and Stephenson are all benefits for the customer right? What s sham this whole thing has become. Any notion that this thing will create jobs needs to be attacked by every media outlet out there because just the opposite will happen and the CWA will be left to pick up the crumbs and that will be that. I really hope that the DoJ is sincere with this suit because when at&t/DT is forced to defend this it will fall apart. They have no case at all!

  • Maschwar77

    Block the merger!  It isn’t good for America and it sure isn’t good for competition.  The only thing this merger is good for is the upper echelon of AT&T and Deutsche Telekom.

    • Wilma Flintstone

      Can’t block what isn’t there.  This is a Takeover.  Block the Takeover!!!

    • Wilma Flintstone

      Can’t block what isn’t there.  This is a Takeover.  Block the Takeover!!!

  • JBLmobileG1

    Gee I wonder how much At&t paid those people. Stupid crooks. If the President wants another term and votes he will disapprove this deal. BTW we need jobs in America not in another country At&t.

  • JBLmobileG1

    Gee I wonder how much At&t paid those people. Stupid crooks. If the President wants another term and votes he will disapprove this deal. BTW we need jobs in America not in another country At&t.

  • Anonymous

    Why did they all have to be Democrats? Now Obama will listen to them

    • Silk7412

      I don’t think so. we must remind him. He works for us!!!

    • Ali

      15 out of…close to 250.  Why would Obama listen to 6-7% of all the democrats when the other 93-94% won’t sign it?

      The fact that these Blue Dog Democrats voted for it doesn’t mean squat towards which way the president will/should lean.

  • Guest

    THIS IS SUCH A LOAD OF ********** ” mr president please support the merger so that it can create more jobs ” …. give me a break.
    ALOT of people at t-mobile will get the boot if the merger goes through.

    It sounds almost contradictory to say, if this company buys out this other company, then we are gonna create a lot of jobs … more like departments and offices and retail locations will be merged and tons of people will lose their jobs.

    Its ok to have your own political agenda, but to hide behind the “it’d benefit the working class” is just pathetic.

    • Guest101

      AT&T also claims the merger will promote and increase competition!  Crock of s***!  That doesn’t even make sense!!

  • J. Williams

    good video though

  • MrKing77

    I i was Mr Obama I wouldnt touch this with a 10 foot pole not if he wants to get re elected …..

  • My2Cents

    Gosh Heath Shuler is a bigger bust as a congressmen then he was as an NFL Quarterback!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Auser72

    The whole political system is broke. As long as the masses of people are divided over petty issue, the top 2-3 % will keep us fighting over the crumbs. I’m sure these congress members will be well compensated by ATT for their efforts.

  • InTheKnow

    The 15 Democrats in the letter are what’s referred to as Blue Dog Democrats or fake Democrats in layman’s terms. They all consistantly vote with Republicans. They are Democrats in name only. They are true conservitive Republicans at heart and always side with big business and the banks while throwing the working class under the bus. Doubt what I’m saying? Then just check their voting records. 

    • Jays_on

      Not sure what you’re talking about. Just checked the record of the first person my eyes fell upon which was John Barrow. His voting record is as liberal as it gets. Using tax payer’s money to pay for abortion? And the list goes on, WITH ALL OF THEM! Get your facts straight. As I said earlier in this thread; “To bad your comment is incoherent. As is most liberal logic, if you can excuse the oxymoron”

      • Bruce Thompson

        You’re an idiot. Tax payer money CANNOT go to abortion. There are laws on the books against it since the late 70’s.

        Stop making up facts.

        • PiCASSiMO

          Where do you think Planned Parenthood’s funding comes from?  Tax payer’s money.  

        • Anonymous

          Indeed. And what’s with the name calling that erupts from the bunch that claim to be the sole proprietors of tolerance and inclusion? What a bunch of crap that turned to be eh? 

          Anyway, I hope the DEAL doesn’t go through.

        • Anonymous

          Bruce, you don’t have a clue at all dude. Of course tax payer money pays for abortions. Do you think all those abortions are being paid for by insurance companies or out of people’s pockets. You should really study more and talk less.

        • Anonymous

          Bruce, you don’t have a clue at all dude. Of course tax payer money pays for abortions. Do you think all those abortions are being paid for by insurance companies or out of people’s pockets. You should really study more and talk less.

      • Jays_on

        Lol, just like a lib to start calling names when their head is in the sand… or clouds, whichever you prefer. The last 2 votes were AGAINST Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion and Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Again he voted NO, meaning he is in favor of taxes going to abortion.

      • Cameron W3st

        Jay, You’re an idiot.

      • guest

        and look how much AT & T has paid Rep Barrow:

        11AT&T Inc$5,000           $0           $5,000This is not a partisan issue here, Demo or rep, it’s a “money” issue the majority of the people who sent that letter are being paid BY AT & T  IE. this is another “end run” attempt by AT & T

    • Msprinkl

      Heath Shuler a fake democrat????  lol!!!!

  • My2Cents

    8 out of the 15 democrats who signed the letter have AT&T as one of there top campaign contributors.  none of the 15 have Verizon, T-mobile, or Sprint as one of there contributors.  Nice shady special interests politics. 

    • My2Cents

      Oh and Heath Shuler has AT&T as one of his top contributors.

  • BigMixxx

    This is NOT A MERGER.  It is an Acquisition.  Stop calling it a merger.  That term is too soft, and you buy into the term that’s used by AT&T…

    • Frustrated

      Read my post below, about the merger/acquisition comment.  i agree it’s an acquisition, but they are saying the networks will be merged, I doubt that, as there’ll be plenty of towers shut off.  

      • BigMixxx

        Merger implies two companies decided to become one, a la HP and Compaq.  This is clearly an acquisition….

  • Anonymous

    Dear Obama please let this deal go through.  If you do AT&T will see that we fought for them and put more money in our pockets.  I hate lobbyists.  They are one of the top 5 problems in our country.

    • Msprinkl

        You know that the President…any president…has no control over whether something like this goes through.  He has absolutely no power to “let this deal go through.”  All he can do is give his opinion and “encourage” as Shuler requests.

      • Anonymous

        I know, I know.  Why people seem to think that the President is some magical wish granter or can make his own laws always gets me.  It’s not like it’s a bill he can veto.

        • Government Fromage

          I’m going to write to the president and ask that he to makes T-Mobile build a better network, makes them make more money, and makes the millions of customers who’ve left over the last couple years come back.

          He can do that, right?

        • Government Fromage

          I’m going to write to the president and ask that he to makes T-Mobile build a better network, makes them make more money, and makes the millions of customers who’ve left over the last couple years come back.

          He can do that, right?

  • n900mixalot

    Congress continues to pass the buck so that they can blame the President for poor decisions. Lame.

  • David

    On behalf of the entire state of Oklahoma, please allow me to apologize for the Honorable Moron Dan Boren, who has attached his name and that of our state to this idiotic letter and this idiotic action.

  • BP

    There is 0% chance of President Obama signing off on this risky proposal by Rep. Heath Shuler.  With the Solyndra solar company scandal and re-election, the President knows he has to walk a straight line with the Republicans.  This letter is a tactic by AT&T and T-Mobile to show the DOJ that they have support from congress.

    • Jb8von

      Heath Shuler.  Failed as an NFL quarterback. Failing as a congressman.

    • Jb8von

      Heath Shuler.  Failed as an NFL quarterback. Failing as a congressman.

    • BigMixxx

      There is no scandal there.  Bad investment, like the government always makes good investments….despite warnings.  Just a Bad investment.  “As captured by fox news”….LOL

      anywho….No, no chance at all….and congress will not touch this with my aunt’s d*Dk…

      • BP

        LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • BP

        LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • BigMixxx

      There is no scandal there.  Bad investment, like the government always makes good investments….despite warnings.  Just a Bad investment.  “As captured by fox news”….LOL

      anywho….No, no chance at all….and congress will not touch this with my aunt’s d*Dk…

  • Idiot

    Typical Democrats sticking their nose in where it doesn’t belong,,,,,as usual.

  • abdullahi said

    were screwed.

  • JM

    Didn’t AT&T donate to the campaigns of most of those who signed onto this?

    • Jb8von

      You got that right, JM.  This is just another example of congressmen thinking with whoever fattens their wallets, and not that thing inside their skull called a brain.

  • JM

    Didn’t AT&T donate to the campaigns of most of those who signed onto this?

  • Anonymous

    Now you know which 15 congress members got job offers to high paying jobs with AT&T after their political careers are over. not a bribe

  • Anonymous

    Now you know which 15 congress members got job offers to high paying jobs with AT&T after their political careers are over. not a bribe

  • Havoktek

    Oh wow, please…pass the butter for my popcorn…This has just gone political on the real!!

  • Havoktek

    Oh wow, please…pass the butter for my popcorn…This has just gone political on the real!!

  • Anonymous

    That is just what is on record. That doesn’t include the VP of bla bla bla job offer he got to write that letter and influence of members to sign on it as well

  • Silk7412

    I believe the more people that file at the FCC. The better. There are over 43,802  filings now. If you tell someone about 11-65 and have them file. That helps the DOJ and us !!!

  • Blountman747

    This has gone way put of proportion. Just, give, up ATT, and leave t mobile, alone,

  • sino8r

    Obama can’t even finish one promise he’s made and now there going to ask for his help?! He is the biggest do-nothing nerd I’ve ever seen. He’s worse that Bush… why do we have to pick far left or far right for a president?! Can’t someone just be in the middle ground?

  • sino8r

    Obama can’t even finish one promise he’s made and now there going to ask for his help?! He is the biggest do-nothing nerd I’ve ever seen. He’s worse that Bush… why do we have to pick far left or far right for a president?! Can’t someone just be in the middle ground?

  • sino8r

    Obama can’t even finish one promise he’s made and now there going to ask for his help?! He is the biggest do-nothing nerd I’ve ever seen. He’s worse that Bush… why do we have to pick far left or far right for a president?! Can’t someone just be in the middle ground?

    • Anonymous

      Now, now…I hear you just need to give Barry some more time (and money).

    • Anonymous

      Now, now…I hear you just need to give Barry some more time (and money).

  • Anonymous

    I wonder how much $$$ Heath Shuler has lined his dirty pockets with??? This pathetic letter is as narrow minded as anything I have seen in over a month. No one buys this crap, This takeover is good for one company only, AT&T. The US customers who use T-Mobile will be screwed, the customers who use other carriers will also be screwed, this will just force Carriers to raise their prices and give us lousy plans. Do Not allow this buy out (TAKEOVER) happen.

  • Joe

    It’s NOT a merger!! It’s a fkn acquisition!! When one company takes over another and clearly establishes itself as the new owner, the purchase is called an acquisition. From a legal point of view, the target company ceases to exist, the buyer “swallows” the business and the buyer’s stock continues to be traded.

    The only thing that AT&T has said about jobs is that the call center employees will be safe… what about the rest of the company??

  • This means now we have to write the president. No longer are we to complain to the FCC. Also ppl need to travel to the White House and began picketing.

  • according to techcrunch…

    UPDATE: A tweet from a reader prompted me to do some more digging, and it turns out that Rep. Shuler has been the recipient of over $25,000 from AT&T over the course of his political career. I haven’t yet been able to figure out who the others are, but it’s possible that their campaign contribution histories are similarly tainted.

  • Roycollinson

    Hmm,I smell money under the counter !!!!

  • Shanmunaweera

    is it just me or has anyone not said this… Our economy isn’t so great at the moment right? We need other countries to invest in the U.S right? T-Mobile is part of a company who is German right? Don’t we want GERMANY investing in OUR country through T-Mobile USA??!? so why would we want them gone?!?

    • BigMixxx

      So would you rather them to make significant profit through ATT at the 8% they would own vs. a good spin off of T mobile and get our of america, completely?

      • TMO4LiFE

        yes if T-Mobile does get the money that at&t said they would pay them if it doesnt go thru would be A LOT BETTER then T-Mobile giving up and falling to there knees to at&t!!

        • BigMixxx

          T mo USA get’s nothing on a failed acquisition.  DT gets every dime.  T mobile will need to prepare for a big push….

  • Lucky7

    In other news, AT&T has acquired with Congressman Heath Schuler. In a written statement, AT&T promises that this will add more jobs to Schuler’s district during the transition. Over time, the purchase of the Congressman will lead to lower costs for other special interest groups. However, due to technical issues beyond AT&T’s control, ordinary citizens will still not be able to get any reception from the Congressman. Or anyone else in Washington for that matter.

  • yadablam

    already confirmed that my job will be eliminated as ATT has many representatives in the area. i’m the lonely soldier holding it down for big pink in charge of my district.

  • yadablam

    already confirmed that my job will be eliminated as ATT has many representatives in the area. i’m the lonely soldier holding it down for big pink in charge of my district.

    • Anonymous

      What’s your job title?

  • MR BILLY

    Can someone please tell me how this will create jobs when most of the
    service territory between the companies overlaps. There will be retail
    closures, billing and accounting excess, network operation and call
    center redundancies, not to mention management layoffs. I dont
    understand. I wonder how much money AT&T and T-Mobile are paying
    lobbyist/Congressmen to write bull#$@! letters to the president.

    • Mekamana

      Well for one if u call T-Mobile customer service u get a person from another country there is not a proper English speaking person so maybe they will give those jobs to Americans…..and T-Mobile service sucksssdddd

  • jon

    To those lining up on political sides and slinging mud; STOP! This isn’t a Dem or GOP blame game. Obama has a vision of “nation wide coverage” and that’s why all pundits thought this would fly through the doj. But the doj basically sided with consumers (and against boss’s vision). Unions (which support and line the pockets of Dems) also want this pushed through. Unions are dying and they need that due money. What better way to line union pockets than to add thousands of T-Mobile empoyees to the union. The GOP is not innocent either. They also get their palms greased by AT&T lobbyist to help ram-rod the American people. THIS is NOT a time to sling mud at eachother. This issue is about one thing…$$$$$$. Greedy politians, unions and AT&T executives need to be stopped, regardless of political affiliation. Our political system is so filled with corruption on BOTH sides of the aisle. Rather than voting on party lines, we need to band together and vote all these ass clowns out. We are looking a a president that has set a goal of raising 1 BILLION dollars for his campaign in 2012. That should send alarm bells to everyone. Is that Billion going to come from ordinary Americans contributing $50 bucks a shot??? If you think so, you’re a fool.

  • ItsMichaelNotMike

    Shameful.  I am curious to see how much AT&T donated to each of these legislator’s reelection fund to get them to echo AT&T’s talking points, all that have been proven lies.

    A nice summary of this letter is here.  Please read it.  Thanks.

    http://www.freepress.net/press-release/2011/9/15/free-press-action-fund-shuler-letter-repeats-atts-falsehoods

    • Jib

      True – It will cause major layoffs. AT&T = LIES!  Anyone is a fool to think otherwise. Heath Shuler failed in the NFL and it looks like he does the same in Government….

  • James Devenberg

    Too bad DOJ is part of the judiciary branch of the government and is not subject to the President and the executive branch.

    • jon

      And who appoints the attorney genearal? Don’t be an idiot…Holder and anyone that works for the doj follows the presidents agenda.

    • Bornontheblue

      The DOJ is not part of the judicial branch. Its part of the executive branch.

  • Terrence Benjamin

    “By settling the proposed merger of AT&T and T-Mobile USA, we can put thousands of Americans back to work and promote economic development across the country,” Shuler said. I urge the president to strongly consider the vast benefits this merger will have on job creation and the economy, and quickly resolve any concerns the administration may have with the proposal.”HELLOOOO!!! THEY ARE STILL WORKING!!! The thing is to not allow the merger to pass to keep the jobs.

  • www.mobilenewtricks.com

    Hi, great post! Thanks..

  • Dot-com

    Obama will settle it. Once he knows what’s going to create the least amount of jobs then he’ll sign on that.

    • Mainlandking

      Dot-com, by your own words, I can tell you don’t keep up with the Times. Certify your facts before you speak.

  • alt-mobile

    *insert some hateful Republican comment about Obama*

    *a witty Democratic rebuttal taking a low shot at the Republicans*

    All politicians are crooks.  They are voted into their respective seats to be public servants, yet the only thing that they’re serving is their own pockets.

    I know this has nothing to do with this post, but just thought I’d express my mind *steps down from soap box to the entrance music of Hulk Hogan waving to onlookers*

  • Angarma1

    Money, makes the world go’round, the world go’round, goes the song!!!!  so does the USGovt. Money Talks!!!!!!  At&t buying congressmen!!!! I don’t why this makes me remember The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire.

  • YeahRight

    Well if AT&T really wants to sweeten the pot they can just pump up the number of offshore jobs brought back from 5000 to 20000 and backfill them with T-Mobile personnel…  then fire the bad one later after a certain period of time.  

    Nobody says AT&T (who is paying $39 billion to buy T-Mobile) owes anyone any job at all.  When you merge 2 large companies together it only makes sense to cut out duplicate jobs or unneeded positions to create efficiencies of scale.  

  • Joeyanna

    Good sign this buyout will pass through a settlement.  Can’t wait to be an AT&T customer!

    • Voradin

      So why not go be an AT&T customer now?

    • My2Cents

      Yes do tell please.  Why wait.  Go ahead and pay more now. 

    • Brianb

      Yes, Joey…why aren’t you a customer now?  What benefit do you get from being a customer?  a much higher bill???

  • Angarma1

    Well, really, no longer care, I’m leaving t-mobile for another company, can’t stand the idea of being an AT&T subject. Enjoy the AT&T monopoly, thanks to the American Congress, Welcome the fourth largest cellphone company in the world, Claro!

    • GrassIsntAlwaysGreener

      I hear Metro PCS is cheaper.  If you can stomach slow CDMA 3G there is always Virgin Mobile or Sprint.  

  • Angarma1

    iPhone fanatics, rejoice!!!   and pay…  keep up with the jonesses!!!

  • Superman

    If obama wants another term in office. He should block this deal or els he is going down for sure.

    • Wilma Flintstone

      Lol

    • Peteryu

      The president has no authority to stop the department of justice from a suit that has already been filed.  This is foolish of this group of congressmen.

  • TheyAreSoPathetic

    Congresspeople echoing corporate spin… not what people need or want.

    Think with an open mind before you vote, people.

  • YESSSSSSSSS

    Best news I’ve heard all day!  Maybe the dems aren’t’ so bad anymore after all?  This is what I’m talking about!!!!!

    • Really? These congressmen are accepting large cash “donations” to write the President in order to make sure the merger goes through (I don’t see how the President has any authority over this anyway, but that’s beside the point). I don’t see how that’s exciting in any way… government should NOT be able to just be bought like that!! (I understand that’s how it works, but it shouldn’t).

      • Aerofanbig

        What are you talking about? The Obama and the Dems think he has omnipotent power over everything and can do as he wishes without regards to the Constitution or will of the people. This was looking promising, now the big powers that be for the Left are stepping in and ruining it. Wait….I thought they were all anti-big corps? Hmm…

  • Anthonyr1018

    is it me or I’m bugging Heath Shuler said without a single dime of taxpayers!! WTF we pay taxes on our phone bills already so what is he talking about!!

  • Meagan

    Company mergers equal more jobs?  Heath Shuler fails to state how many current peeps at TmobileUSA will be handed the pink slip.  My guess it will be way more than 5000.  AT&T is not going to hire equal to what TmobileUSA is killing off.

  • phonegeek

    This is really getting old. at&t acts like a kid who wants something but mommy says no so they go ask their daddy, and D-Telecom is like the little brother helping the big brother cause trouble. Honestly I love T-Mobile, but I have to say this is a turn off. Just settle this if at&t wins I’m gone if they lose tmo BETTER get on their A-game. This is the most annoying dispute I’ve ever seen in my lifetime. Pardon the tantrum, its just starting to bug me now.

    • Peteryu

      D-telekom would then just sell to Telefonica or Orange Mobile.

      • Fred

        If eitherbof them are interested.

  • Welcome to the new USA, where politicians don’t give a damn about the country and we allow corporations to spend as much money as they please to influence our election process

    • Wilma Flintstone

      That isn’t the “New” USA, it’s pretty much ALWAYS been like that.

  • Nco_que_ts175

    Now we know who is under AT&T’s payroll in the government

  • Ryan Meyer

     Boswell has been a very large AT&T recipient, and prominent shill for some time.

  • Angarma1

    Big Brother is controlling you,  He and the corporations know best!

  • Amonra462

    I really cannot believe that this merger has been thrown in the middle of this country’s sad political discourse. Not much good can come of this.

  • Thanks for the list of fifteen House of Representative members to not vote for.

  • Bob

    Not sure why the president would be looking at this…after all, he is not a judge and is in the executive branch of the government.  Minor detail I guess.

  • Brian

    AT&T is so full of it and their union is even worse.  All the morons with the union care about is keeping their membership numbers up.  If everyone from Magenta gets laid off, they will still be getting the same amount of membership dues.  If AT&T thinks that there will be minimal job losses if this goes through, they must think everyone, including members of Congress, are stupid.  The Justice Dept. sees right through them and is looking out for the interest of the masses.  AT&T is a company that can’t even run themselves, let alone have even mediocre customer service and coverage (50% of  calls using their iPhone are dropped…at best).  If it weren’t for the iPbone, it would be T-Mobile poised  way ahead of AT&T.  With rumors that the iPhone 5 will be heading to Magenta, the AT&T customers ill be flocking to T-Mobile…even moreso than Verizon Wireless.

    • SayWhatsReal

      Yes, I’ve been saying this for the longest!! The iphone is the only reason why AT&T has as many customers as they do.

  • Anonymous

    just another tactic by att to help get this thing pushed through. Is anyone here honestly surprised by this?

  • Brianb

    I have never heard of ANY merger in the history of the United States that CREATED jobs.  There is usually layoffs with any merger because of overlap of job functions between two corporations.

  • Plankton

    To All my minions,

    Listen to me. Listen to Charlie. Stop buying new phones! Fools! IT is your fault that this has gone on for so long. Can’t you see that you are being played? Obama wants the union votes. End of story. He is in the tank with the unions. T

    You had the chance, but no, I need a dual core, a quad core, most of you do not understand what youare buying but buy you must. What will be left….worthless bricks!

    Fools!

    You dont see David parting with his hard earned cash. If we get the iphone, and we will, watch how master plan comes together.

    Is Charlie the only one with Tigerblood?

    • My2Cents

      keep your icrap.  Ever heard of Penta-Band.  If not look it up.

      • CharlieSheen

        If you had half a brain; you would be dangererous!

      • CharlieSheen

        If you had half a brain; you would be dangererous!

      • Meagan

        Be thankful for the iPhone.
        If it weren’t for the iPhone most mobile manufacturers wouldn’t be pushing to create a better sleeker faster mobile, that can stay in race.

        Apple forces all companies to stay on their toes. Tablets, MP3 players, notebooks, desktops, etc have all faced challenges because of Apple products. Todays generation just won’t put up with just anything.

    • Wilma Flintstone

      No matter what you say, I’ll NEVER give you the Crabby Patty Formula.  :P

  • BellCoRep

    Make no mistake, this president will decide in favor of whatever is in the best interest of whatever labor union is involved. He ideologically cannot do otherwise.

    • Auser72

      Stop listening to the ideological rhetoric of conservative speaking heads. And take a look at economic business model of globalization and figure out where you fit in the scheme of that model. The talking heads want speak on that because it isn’t in line with ideology of their corporate sponsers. Union vs non union, still fighting over the crumbs.

      • CharlieSheen

        He is right! Why do you think half the country is not paying taxes and is on the dole.

        I have been a Democrat my entire life. Yes, I voted for Carter. With grey hair comes wisdom. Hopefully!

  • Jimkenobi

    Heath, I invite you to ram your head into a wall in a celebratory manner.

  • Jimkenobi

    Heath, I invite you to ram your head into a wall in a celebratory manner.

  • Biggubbamint

    All you pitchfork uninformed haters listen up.

    The combination of T-Mobile and AT&T will create a lot more jobs than it loses.  And the jobs being created will amount to high paying engineering and LTE build out work that span beyond AT&T itself. That will make up for the 10,000 low paying jobs that may be lost due to overlapping duties. 

    It’s not fair to demand that DT stay in business indefinitely so you can keep some old $5,99 data plan that nobody else if offered.  DT is not gaining market share with its lower prices.  There is no proof that T-Mobile USA is a disruptive or competitive force to the US market therefore the DOJ will have to settle.  

    Welcome to AT&T.  If you don’t like it take your welfare family to Metro PCS or Cricket. 

    • ogopogo

      Shut the hell up. You haven’t provided any proof of anything that you are claiming:
      “The combination of T-Mobile and AT&T will create a lot more jobs than it loses.” Really? How do you figure that??

      You are just an AT&T troll that is upset that you have been raped by AT&T for years. Sucks to be you.

      • Geoffery

        Telling someone who disagrees with you to STHU just makes you sound more desperate and misinformed.  

        If you want to argue facts argue facts.  But don’t make up BS (gloom and doom) when you most likely don’t even know what you are talking about.  Your simply spewing out regurgitated information from Sprint or some other “hate ATT,” website.  

        We’re talking about a private company investing $39 billion dollars into another (without govt assistance) I might add.  Let them have it.  

        AT&T gets it’s choice of nearly 40k cell sites nationwide to eventually offer the largest densest coverage in the nation and we all get to be a part of it. 

        The other poster was right.  If people are only against this merger over perceived pricing than you should go to a cheaper provider once your contract is over and vote with your wallets.  

        • ItsMichaelNotMike

          LOL… Is DT putting that $39 billion back into U.S. industry?  I was under the impression that DT was taking the money and running for the border.

        • Tbyrne

          You’re missing the point! There won’t be a cheaper provider anymore if this sh…t continues to happen!

    • BigMixxx

      wow….

      The Combination of T-Mobile and AT&T will immediately eliminate jobs.  Jobs to come does not benefit dinner for family’s, tuition for this semester and supplement incomes for people that must have 2 jobs to survive. Not to mention that supporting staff.

      These folks love T mobile.  If it does happen, you BEST believe your bills will go up, because of those high paying engineers….your data plans will go up because they will literally control the data airwaves. (until sprint is purchased by verizon) and those high paying engineers.

      I get 40% off of Verizon, phones, devices, plans.  30% at att, phones, devices, plans.

      I refuse to move.

    • BigMixxx

      wow….

      The Combination of T-Mobile and AT&T will immediately eliminate jobs.  Jobs to come does not benefit dinner for family’s, tuition for this semester and supplement incomes for people that must have 2 jobs to survive. Not to mention that supporting staff.

      These folks love T mobile.  If it does happen, you BEST believe your bills will go up, because of those high paying engineers….your data plans will go up because they will literally control the data airwaves. (until sprint is purchased by verizon) and those high paying engineers.

      I get 40% off of Verizon, phones, devices, plans.  30% at att, phones, devices, plans.

      I refuse to move.

    • BigMixxx

      wow….

      The Combination of T-Mobile and AT&T will immediately eliminate jobs.  Jobs to come does not benefit dinner for family’s, tuition for this semester and supplement incomes for people that must have 2 jobs to survive. Not to mention that supporting staff.

      These folks love T mobile.  If it does happen, you BEST believe your bills will go up, because of those high paying engineers….your data plans will go up because they will literally control the data airwaves. (until sprint is purchased by verizon) and those high paying engineers.

      I get 40% off of Verizon, phones, devices, plans.  30% at att, phones, devices, plans.

      I refuse to move.

      • Joeybutts

        Yes as it should.  No reason to keep thousands employed with overlapping CSR roles.  What country or govt. would force a company to employ people like that?

        On the other hand new jobs will amount to this especially contractor or 3rd party jobs who design, build and maintain these huge networks. 

        It works out in the end. 

        • BigMixxx

          No, absolutely not. 

          There are other factors.  39 billion is a lot to pay for a company with a revenue stream of 20 billion dollars annually.  This is a bully technique used to ensure the right price for the company being acquired is met.  Once fully devalued, that 19, 18.5 billion number comes into play.  If upheld AT&T may pay about 21 billion, including about 14 to 15 billion in cash. 

          LTE has nothing to do with acquisition.  The play here is to “meet an objective Obama stated.”  I’m sorry it does.  This clears out an additional spectrum for ATT to use.  Will they actually use it is the question.

          The goal here is to meet that objective.  In it, it says the government will free up 500mhz of Specturm. 

          Who would be the major holder of spectrum, AT&T.

          All in all, fall into the monopolistic ways of AT&T and your bill will be affected!

        • BigMixxx

          No, absolutely not. 

          There are other factors.  39 billion is a lot to pay for a company with a revenue stream of 20 billion dollars annually.  This is a bully technique used to ensure the right price for the company being acquired is met.  Once fully devalued, that 19, 18.5 billion number comes into play.  If upheld AT&T may pay about 21 billion, including about 14 to 15 billion in cash. 

          LTE has nothing to do with acquisition.  The play here is to “meet an objective Obama stated.”  I’m sorry it does.  This clears out an additional spectrum for ATT to use.  Will they actually use it is the question.

          The goal here is to meet that objective.  In it, it says the government will free up 500mhz of Specturm. 

          Who would be the major holder of spectrum, AT&T.

          All in all, fall into the monopolistic ways of AT&T and your bill will be affected!

        • BigMixxx

          No, absolutely not. 

          There are other factors.  39 billion is a lot to pay for a company with a revenue stream of 20 billion dollars annually.  This is a bully technique used to ensure the right price for the company being acquired is met.  Once fully devalued, that 19, 18.5 billion number comes into play.  If upheld AT&T may pay about 21 billion, including about 14 to 15 billion in cash. 

          LTE has nothing to do with acquisition.  The play here is to “meet an objective Obama stated.”  I’m sorry it does.  This clears out an additional spectrum for ATT to use.  Will they actually use it is the question.

          The goal here is to meet that objective.  In it, it says the government will free up 500mhz of Specturm. 

          Who would be the major holder of spectrum, AT&T.

          All in all, fall into the monopolistic ways of AT&T and your bill will be affected!

        • Zifnab2k

          The amount of people that will be unemployed after it all said and done will far outweigh the few employees they hire. While they may repatriate 5,000 people, they’ll turn around and move the entirety of their CSR to another country. As is I can’t get a person that speaks fluent english when I call ATT’s support, what has ATT to make anyone believe that will change. At the end of the day, more people in the US will be unemployed, and cell phone rates are going to go up even higher. And once the other carriers see what ATT can get away with, they’ll all be in a Price hike race to see who can raise their prices the highest without losing customers.

    • Zifnab2k

      Listen here you blind dingbat… ATT is known for merging with other companies and raising prices exorbitantly. Everyone that worked for T-Mobile will be fired, and that minuscule 5,000 jobs they create will still leave a far larger amount unemployed. They already have the spectrum, plus it would only cost half the cash they’re acquiring T-Mobile for to build out the network they claim will save the farmers of america from having a bad mobile signal. Once they’re done bandaiding TMobile and ATT together (it wont be done properly, they’ve never put a network together right or their service wouldn’t be the garbage it is now), that petty 5,000 employees will be let go.

      I would counter that you’re the one that is uninformed. Price difference or not, ATT flat out runs worst than TMobile, and even sprint in most areas. ATT has, of all the 4 carriers ive used before, the absolute worst phone calls, the worst data, and the highest price. The only one that even compares in price is Verizon. Not wanting to pay $160 + for 1 phone line does not mean a person is a poor pathetic welfare family, it means they don’t want to be ripped off for something that barely works. Why pay more for a service that works worst than the cheaper one… that’s just retarded.

      And how does employing a handful of engineers make up for letting 10,000 people go? Just because they’re low paid you assume they’re garbage and deserve to be unemployed? I’m going to go out on a limb here and assume you’re some trust fund baby who hasn’t worked a day in his life, and assumes everyone that isn’t a millionaire is garbage. Your a douche, and a part of the reason my tax dollars will be covering 10,000 newly unemployed people that will want to get on welfare because there’s no jobs to turn to. Trickle down doesnt work, at the end of the day this is just going to have more people with their hands out because you took away their low paying job that used to cover their food.

      Seriously, go f yourself.

      • YouEqualPathetic

        Wow, your view of people on welfare is that they are “pathetic”.  That’s exactly how I describe people like you who think like that.

    • Zifnab2k

      Listen here you blind dingbat… ATT is known for merging with other companies and raising prices exorbitantly. Everyone that worked for T-Mobile will be fired, and that minuscule 5,000 jobs they create will still leave a far larger amount unemployed. They already have the spectrum, plus it would only cost half the cash they’re acquiring T-Mobile for to build out the network they claim will save the farmers of america from having a bad mobile signal. Once they’re done bandaiding TMobile and ATT together (it wont be done properly, they’ve never put a network together right or their service wouldn’t be the garbage it is now), that petty 5,000 employees will be let go.

      I would counter that you’re the one that is uninformed. Price difference or not, ATT flat out runs worst than TMobile, and even sprint in most areas. ATT has, of all the 4 carriers ive used before, the absolute worst phone calls, the worst data, and the highest price. The only one that even compares in price is Verizon. Not wanting to pay $160 + for 1 phone line does not mean a person is a poor pathetic welfare family, it means they don’t want to be ripped off for something that barely works. Why pay more for a service that works worst than the cheaper one… that’s just retarded.

      And how does employing a handful of engineers make up for letting 10,000 people go? Just because they’re low paid you assume they’re garbage and deserve to be unemployed? I’m going to go out on a limb here and assume you’re some trust fund baby who hasn’t worked a day in his life, and assumes everyone that isn’t a millionaire is garbage. Your a douche, and a part of the reason my tax dollars will be covering 10,000 newly unemployed people that will want to get on welfare because there’s no jobs to turn to. Trickle down doesnt work, at the end of the day this is just going to have more people with their hands out because you took away their low paying job that used to cover their food.

      Seriously, go f yourself.

    • TMoFan

      The thing is that if DT and at&t don’t get their way, someone else will buy out T-Mobile and an important fourth competitor will remain. at&t’s primary motivation is to keep T-Mobile out of somebody else’s hands and that is proven thanks to the leaked docs. at&t and Verizon have zero incentive to keep prices where they are now and with this sellout prices will slowly increase. Metro and leap are not national carriers so that’s not the same at all. To those who like at&t they can have them. They have done a disservice to me with their uverse and I swore I wouldn’t even give them a second thought again. Their cs and “techs” don’t care because they don’t have to.

  • DeafGuyNYBX

    well well a deaf millions of the people already got sidekick and front face camera superphone with tmobile mine, you guys think why we’re interesting in ATT? I don’t think so because they deaf people can do block in merger agains this ATT. And I ain’t no biggest fans ATT I never join in ATT years since I was joined tmobile mine. If this merger happen. I do not want new a upgrade then cancellation tmobile no longer for me then I am going to next get new sprint new superphone. annnddd however If president obama accept this merger ATT/tmobile. We won’t vote for him re-election 2012 thats’ what he knew it He would listen to the millions of people’s voice. not ATT, not DT, Not congressional, not dem and not rep. it’s people in american what they choice us. they cannot force to president obama do like that, his choice, if he has blackberry phone his tmobile or something? If he know this ATT billing higher up then he won’t interesting in ATT anymore. (don’t forgot those millions a deaf of the people with tmobile mine.)

  • Noemailzzzzzz

    whoops looks like the states are on this now in concert!!! yahooo, I love how the AGs in States can see a lot clearer than the politicos in Washington!

  • Sickened Bybribes

    I don’t know… I’ve been bashing the republicans for years for being pro-business and anti-people. Now their “enemies” are doing their work for them. I’m truly disgusted by our political system where the people we vote in freely sell their souls to the highest bidding devil.

    I think we need to demand a cut of their profits. Like asking Loretta Sanchez to give half of what AT&T gave her to the poor community that voted for her. This whole thing makes me sick.

  • Shaneequa

    I only get paid on the 1st of each month and having bad credits.  Is AT&T gonna be canceling my contract when they take over?

  • Chewy106

    Were you with Cingular when AT&T gobbled them up? I was, I got rate increases, ETFs and shafted in quality and service. There is no indication other than AT&T’s “word” that it won’t happen again. And considering they can build out for $3.8billion the same infrastructure they claim they need to purchase T-Mobile for (which is fact, from their own leaked documents) is one of the very many reasons not to take AT&T for their “word”.

  • Mobileboy

    Please understand…these are bipartisan pieces of corrupt crap…who are all obviously in AT&T’s pocket. Not much difference these days between these two inept, corrupt parties. Let’s just call them the Republicrats.

    All you need to surmise when looking at the 15 names signing that letter to Obama is that they all have zero ethics…have their dirty, grubby hands out, and are AT&T’s bitches. If you live in these laggards states and districts…write or call them and tell them why you and your family and friends will be doing everything in your power to vote them out of office.

    It’s enough already with these scum politicians. Jobs? Most T-Mobile store will be shuttered…and almost all of the T-Mobile call centers.

  • Zifnab2k

    Do you happen to have any proof that they will actually create more middle class jobs? Do you really? Because i’m pretty sure your spouting out misinformed “facts” on the other end. Get over it, you know as little as that guy.

    Prove to the choir how many jobs will be created. Prove to us how many middle class jobs will actually be created vs how many will be lost. You don’t have facts either. Your just some jerk arguing the other side. Drop the superiority complex.

  • Bigjohn7187

    if Obama steps in on this that would be by far and away the most egregious overstep of presidential powers in the history of this country. EVER. hehas no business stepping into any part of this.

  • Bigjohn7187

    if Obama steps in on this that would be by far and away the most egregious overstep of presidential powers in the history of this country. EVER. hehas no business stepping into any part of this.

  • Sn0903

    Sounds like someone was given a “campaign donation” from att

  • Nearmsp

    Can anyone please post the names of these 7 AT&T sycophants? I called my Attorney General’s office and sending them a submission for them to join in. I will post it here so others can send to their own state AG’s.  Send a similar one to your rep and senator too.

  • Brianb

    Obama won’t touch this.  The representative and congress have no authority over the Justice Department.  They have alot of nerve even requesting the president do something.  Justice Dept is a totally separate entity who file it own lawsuits.  They cannot rescind the lawsuit–it is filed!

    The judges will decide now.

  • Obama is a Socialist

    Awesome. I don’t trust Obama to run a hot dog stand let alone put in his two cents on this acquisition.  What a joke.     

  • Techie Troy

    I read an analysis recently that noted that almost all of the democrats in favor of the merger had received notable campaign contributions from AT&T. I don’t know about the republican side.

    I severely doubt the credibility and motive of anyone knowledgeable and informed who states that this is good for consumers. Too many respectable sources are clear and unified on the significant problems with this merger, not to mention common sense.