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

    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??

  • http://twitter.com/iGNetworks iGNetworks

    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.

  • http://twitter.com/thelanai ME and ME

    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.

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  • 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!!!!!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VGQMRQOQYPZHFOGRIZ53F646KU Not ice_fusion.

      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.

  • http://freehtc.com HTC Geek

    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.

  • http://twitter.com/BruceCLin Bruce Lin

    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.