(Updated) House Republicans Kick and Scream over DOJ suit, Run to Obama

Update: A Bloomberg report indicates that AT&T has given close to close to $963,000 to lawmakers through donations that are supportive of AT&T’s bid for T-Mobile. All but 1 of the 100 lawmakers attached to this Republican letter have received donations. 

“AT&T’s congressional support for its takeover of T-Mobile comes at a price,” Gigi Sohn, president of Public Knowledge, a merger opponent, said in an e-mailed statement.

Among the cries of “no,” some are still chanting “yes” to the potential merger between AT&T and T-Mobile.  This time, the House Republicans sent a letter, with 100 representative signatures, to President Barack Obama complaining about the DoJ’s suit against the merger.  Led by Pete Olson, of Texas, the letter simply repeats the benefits that AT&T has beaten into the ground.  In other words, some people actually think AT&T’s original case was effective.

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  • J-Hop2o6

    Just give it up acquisition supporters!

  • Aleale

    Does anyone know when we will get word that the merger will be official or not? I don’t want to have to wait till next year, thinking of buying  a nexus prime after todays iphone news (but wont do it until the merger is settled).

    Since the nexus prime is exclusive for verizon does that even mean tmobile will get it?
    no nexus prime and no iphone = No Bueno

    • Anonymous

      Let’s see what happen with DOJ and AT&T tomorrow 

    • Anonymous

      Let’s see what happen with DOJ and AT&T tomorrow 

    • Anonymous

      Let’s see what happen with DOJ and AT&T tomorrow 

    • Silk7412

      the problem is the longer this go’s not the worse it is for tmobile. Whatever happens wednesday. ATT will keep fighting to get tmobile. If the FCC deny the takeover than it’s almost over

    • Silk7412

      the problem is the longer this go’s not the worse it is for tmobile. Whatever happens wednesday. ATT will keep fighting to get tmobile. If the FCC deny the takeover than it’s almost over

      • Silk7412

        we need a edit button!!!! It should be ” the longer this go’s on the worse it is for Tmobile”. No more coffee for me!!

      • Littlesis1774

        T-mobile only hope is AT&T oh who I am kidding T-mobile has no hope for survival. T-mobile only hope is iphone but since that Cole Brodman said no iphone 5 all hope for survival is over. Android fanboys you have admit that iphone is money grabber. 

        • Silk7412

          Tmobile best hope is to stay away from ATT. And i am giving my all to keep tmo out of att hands. And for those that cry Iphony get real. it’s not coming

    • Frustrated

      It is not a merger, it’s an acquisition, one company buying another company. 

  • >_> I just lost my ability to care about this crap!

  • Yancy

    I’m sick of the corruption on our country DOJ thank you for standing up for our rights and fighting. We will win!

    • RIckLWright

      Why does this mean there is corruption?

      • Lkjhgfdsa

        Because the source of the motivation for the reps to write the letter is not from personal belief in consumer protection, but in the protection of their bank accounts that att is padding

  • Respawn

    People need to write letters to their state representatives and tell them to stop being idiots. Write it with crayon so it’s easier for them to understand.

  • Respawn

    People need to write letters to their state representatives and tell them to stop being idiots. Write it with crayon so it’s easier for them to understand.

  • Respawn

    People need to write letters to their state representatives and tell them to stop being idiots. Write it with crayon so it’s easier for them to understand.

  • Bruce Banner

    Typical republicans, always looking out for the big and rich or should i say those that can contribute to their campaign funds.

    • RIckLWright

      You can contribute.  Wouldn’t blocking the merger ALSO be pandering to the Big and Rich?  Isn’t SPRINT big and Rich? How much MONEY has Sprint paid the Democrats to block it?

      • Lkjhgfdsa

        are you sure your not supposed to be on a sprint blog?

      • Bruce Banner

        No rick, blocking it would be protecting the consumer not pandering to corporate america. If you want at&t by all means dont wait for a possible takeover please do yourself and me a favor and go already.

      • Bruce Banner

        No rick, blocking it would be protecting the consumer not pandering to corporate america. If you want at&t by all means dont wait for a possible takeover please do yourself and me a favor and go already.

    • RIckLWright

      You can contribute.  Wouldn’t blocking the merger ALSO be pandering to the Big and Rich?  Isn’t SPRINT big and Rich? How much MONEY has Sprint paid the Democrats to block it?

  • Bruce Banner

    Typical republicans, always looking out for the big and rich or should i say those that can contribute to their campaign funds.

  • Bruce Banner

    Typical republicans, always looking out for the big and rich or should i say those that can contribute to their campaign funds.

  • HorseWithNoName

    The thought of having only one GSM carrier in this country should be a clear signal that this merger should not go through and would certainly stifle competition.

  • HorseWithNoName

    The thought of having only one GSM carrier in this country should be a clear signal that this merger should not go through and would certainly stifle competition.

  • Mr_Vault

    Two comments. #1 – When has Congress EVER gotten anything right?  #2 – Petey Boy is from Texas the home state of AT&T. He’s definitely on their payroll. Forget this as more government stupidity.

  • Whlyee77

    They just gave me money wahhhhhh

  • Whlyee77

    They just gave me money wahhhhhh

  • Anonymous

    “In other words, some people actually think AT&T’s original case was effective.” — Or they are being paid enough to pretend they do.

  • Now I can be disappointed in both democrats AND republicans. YAY! “This is change I can believe in.”

  • JT

    Our government really sucks……they are abunch of self serving a….holes.  They are supposed to be in it for the greater good and represent the people but they continually scratch ther backs of the companies that buy them off.  The people need to revolt!!!!!

    • RIckLWright

      Switch to Sprint.

      • Lkjhgfdsa

        hey mr sprint spokesman. Go clean yourself off…..you have some yellow c*m spots on your face.

      • Lkjhgfdsa

        hey mr sprint spokesman. Go clean yourself off…..you have some yellow c*m spots on your face.

      • Lkjhgfdsa

        hey mr sprint spokesman. Go clean yourself off…..you have some yellow c*m spots on your face.

      • JT

        what does Sprint have to do with our government….I like tmobile…I don’t like our government

      • JT

        what does Sprint have to do with our government….I like tmobile…I don’t like our government

      • Anonymous

        Switch to another site.

      • Anonymous

        Switch to another site.

    • RIckLWright

      Switch to Sprint.

    • Tortionist

      I think George Washington had it right. All government servants should do it for free and not be paid for it. That alone would get rid of a lot of these crooks in DC.

  • JT

    Our government really sucks……they are abunch of self serving a….holes.  They are supposed to be in it for the greater good and represent the people but they continually scratch ther backs of the companies that buy them off.  The people need to revolt!!!!!

  • JT

    Our government really sucks……they are abunch of self serving a….holes.  They are supposed to be in it for the greater good and represent the people but they continually scratch ther backs of the companies that buy them off.  The people need to revolt!!!!!

  • Alex wardlaw

    WAAAAAAAAHHHH…… now the GOP want some more $$ in their pockets… this should send a signal to the AMERICAN people what a bunch of idiots we have in washington… Lobbiest need to be shot on site… special interest groups done away with and any politician that thinks this deal is good for America should be tarred and feathered…

    • RIckLWright

      So do you belong to a Union?  What industry do you work in?  Are you a Senior Citizen?  How is allowing this deal going to put money in the GOPs pocket?

      • Anonymous

        Are you kidding me? The same way ALL these pro-business/anti-consumer deals put money in their pockets! Pay offs, “campaign contributions, gifts, trips rides on private jets…Do you need more?  What do unions have to do with this at all or being a senior citizen and how does where a person works change the fact that competition would be killed if this BUYOUT, not merger, was allowed to take place.

      • Anonymous

        Are you kidding me? The same way ALL these pro-business/anti-consumer deals put money in their pockets! Pay offs, “campaign contributions, gifts, trips rides on private jets…Do you need more?  What do unions have to do with this at all or being a senior citizen and how does where a person works change the fact that competition would be killed if this BUYOUT, not merger, was allowed to take place.

      • Anonymous

        Are you kidding me? The same way ALL these pro-business/anti-consumer deals put money in their pockets! Pay offs, “campaign contributions, gifts, trips rides on private jets…Do you need more?  What do unions have to do with this at all or being a senior citizen and how does where a person works change the fact that competition would be killed if this BUYOUT, not merger, was allowed to take place.

    • RIckLWright

      So do you belong to a Union?  What industry do you work in?  Are you a Senior Citizen?  How is allowing this deal going to put money in the GOPs pocket?

    • Tortionist

      I can dig that bro.

  • Alex wardlaw

    WAAAAAAAAHHHH…… now the GOP want some more $$ in their pockets… this should send a signal to the AMERICAN people what a bunch of idiots we have in washington… Lobbiest need to be shot on site… special interest groups done away with and any politician that thinks this deal is good for America should be tarred and feathered…

  • Quirt

    Fucking Republicans. Always siding with Big Business while stomping on the middle class. (but publicly claiming to be on their side) 

    • RIckLWright

      So you don’t support big bussiness?  Who is your cell phone carrier?  Does your brother-in-law on his own cell tower? Maybe the Republicans want to let business have the frefom to merger if that is what they want?  Who freaking business is it of government, anyway.  Don’t like it, go with Sprint.

      • Lkjhgfdsa

        you really dont know much about government do you?

      • Anonymous

        Dude, you’re an idiot!!! Stop showing it publicly and keep it to yourself! It is the fact that big business is RUNNING our government and decisions that affect US are being made on the basis of what best serves the interest of business NOT the people. Get a clue and maybe don’t vote in the next election!

      • we don’t support big companies that are currupt, which the majority of the republicans tend to do.

      • Anonymous

        Reagan deregulated big business and bush allowed the mergers of banks into only a handful and look at what happened.  Big business is terrible, both for the company and the people that depend on their services.  The only people that benefit are the board members and the higher up suits.  Look at what happened to our banks, everyone was royally screwed over.  Is that what you want to have happen to cell phone companies?  The smaller the better.

    • RIckLWright

      So you don’t support big bussiness?  Who is your cell phone carrier?  Does your brother-in-law on his own cell tower? Maybe the Republicans want to let business have the frefom to merger if that is what they want?  Who freaking business is it of government, anyway.  Don’t like it, go with Sprint.

    • RIckLWright

      So you don’t support big bussiness?  Who is your cell phone carrier?  Does your brother-in-law on his own cell tower? Maybe the Republicans want to let business have the frefom to merger if that is what they want?  Who freaking business is it of government, anyway.  Don’t like it, go with Sprint.

    • Tortionist

      It’s all of congress, president and cabinet included. I hate Republicans and Democrats alike. I just wish we had some honest people in there.

      • Drew

        Exactly!! You’re kidding yourself if you think it’s one party or the other. It’s both!! And they’re both being run by much, much bigger pockets…

        • Tortionist

          I can even go as far as saying the supreme Court is completely tainted as well.

  • Quirt

    Fucking Republicans. Always siding with Big Business while stomping on the middle class. (but publicly claiming to be on their side) 

  • Quirt

    Fucking Republicans. Always siding with Big Business while stomping on the middle class. (but publicly claiming to be on their side) 

  • Anonymous

    It WILL happen, count on it.  

    • Lkjhgfdsa

      ok, ill check back with you afterwards so as to thank you for your foresight, cause now I dont have to spend time focusing on it since you know the outcome. 

  • Anonymous

    It WILL happen, count on it.  

  • Anonymous

    It WILL happen, count on it.  

  • My2Cents

    Wow finally they had someone lead the letter that doesn’t have AT&T as one of their main contributors.  However being from Texas doesn’t help, due to AT&T’s world headquarters being situated in Dallas.  The real question is, can the president dictate what the DOJ does?  Chime in if you know…

  • My2Cents

    Wow finally they had someone lead the letter that doesn’t have AT&T as one of their main contributors.  However being from Texas doesn’t help, due to AT&T’s world headquarters being situated in Dallas.  The real question is, can the president dictate what the DOJ does?  Chime in if you know…

  • Fatboyslim

    What’s funny to me is that the GOP have done everything
    but spit in the face of Obama and now you want to run to him like a bunch of spoiled
    BRATS and ask for his help. Sense the day he way sworn in you has treated him
    like the help from the plantations.

  • Fatboyslim

    What’s funny to me is that the GOP have done everything
    but spit in the face of Obama and now you want to run to him like a bunch of spoiled
    BRATS and ask for his help. Sense the day he way sworn in you has treated him
    like the help from the plantations.

  • TMoFan

    100? There is a real problem when government and corporate money merge into one. We get this, people in congress who are suppose to be representing our interests siding with big money. at&t is starting up another ad blitz in DC ahead of the hearings because everything else they do is failing. They were arrogant to begin with, thinking that this will be swept through. Now they just want to throw more money out there to anyone who will parrot the lame talking points. It will be very satisfying when at&t is finally slayed and DT sells out to another company.

    • Keawai

      Led by a Representative from Texas…the heartland of AT&T no less…

      • WWWYKI!

        Yeah, their headquarters is in that cesspool town, Dallas

        • Anonymous

          No offense, but leave my state out of this TYVM.

        • T-MO Fighter

          Well technically AT&T wireless is based in the ATL…

    • Keawai

      Led by a Representative from Texas…the heartland of AT&T no less…

  • TMoFan

    100? There is a real problem when government and corporate money merge into one. We get this, people in congress who are suppose to be representing our interests siding with big money. at&t is starting up another ad blitz in DC ahead of the hearings because everything else they do is failing. They were arrogant to begin with, thinking that this will be swept through. Now they just want to throw more money out there to anyone who will parrot the lame talking points. It will be very satisfying when at&t is finally slayed and DT sells out to another company.

  • ItsMichaelNotMike

    So Cellular South just filed suit too, in fed court (Dist. of Columbia) alleging the deal violates anti-trust laws.

    Bottom line, there’s a LOT of opposition to this, so much so my crystal ball says the deal is dead.

    • Tortionist

      I seriously hope that you’re right. 

    • Tortionist

      I seriously hope that you’re right. 

  • Irisgongar

    I will quit my contract if ATT buy Tmobile.  I was a suncom client and ATT make a lot of changes in the contract.  I don’t want the merge.  Tmobile have a great service and signal.  The best in 4G in Puerto Rico is Tmobile.  and ATT only want the network.

  • Irisgongar

    I will quit my contract if ATT buy Tmobile.  I was a suncom client and ATT make a lot of changes in the contract.  I don’t want the merge.  Tmobile have a great service and signal.  The best in 4G in Puerto Rico is Tmobile.  and ATT only want the network.

  • Drwillcg

    That’s a bold group of money hungry souls, that will sell there soul for a political purposes. It is obvious that they have been bought out and have no interest in real government for the people. Those folk have lied there way into office and are kissing up to big business to fund their office for their personal gain. We need to find someone who really have the American public in mind.

  • Drwillcg

    That’s a bold group of money hungry souls, that will sell there soul for a political purposes. It is obvious that they have been bought out and have no interest in real government for the people. Those folk have lied there way into office and are kissing up to big business to fund their office for their personal gain. We need to find someone who really have the American public in mind.

    • Drew

      Exactly… What do a bunch of Congressman know or care about whether a wireless company merges or not?? And to drum up support via signatures led by some clown from Texas is just pathetically obvious. I’m sure they were given some and promised a whole lot more if the deal passes…

  • Chillin

    Oh Snap!

  • Chillin

    Oh Snap!

  • John Doe

    Allowing this buyout to go through is without a question going to drastically affect the wallet of consumers.   Not only are jobs going to be lost for T-Mobile employees but there will only be 2 major US Cellular companies, Verizon and AT&T.  These 2 carriers will control 80% of the market leaving very little room for competition.   Smaller companies like Sprint, Metro etc… will have no chance to offer a comparable product or service which will allow the 2 giants to monopolize their prices. The people that are backing this buyout are either A. benefiting from a large severance package or B. financially gaining from AT&Ts checkbook, if not now then later.  If this buyout goes through it will just prove yet again that faith in our government will slowly continue to diminish.

    • Thatguy

      You are correct john doe. If our President circumvents the Law and does not allow DOJ to do the right thing then I will loose all faith in government.
        DT wants to sell T-Mobile. If ATT is unable to buy then the next highest bidder will be consulted.  Sprints net worth is far less then T-Mobile. They dont have the capital to buy T-Mobile. Google has expressed an interest in buying T Mobile. Might be better for Google to own then ATT, fewer Anti trust issues. 

      • MakesSense

        There are a lot more pressing issues for our country to deal with then preserving your old $5.99 data plan. 

        Companies merge and hire/fire every year.  

        I say let the Republicans have their way with ATT and in turn the Republicans can pass Obama’s Jobs Bill in Congress which will benefit many more Americans than this whole AT&T buyout might hurt.  

        • Jays_on

          The only thing Obama’s “jobs” bill has to do with jobs is that it has “jobs” in the title.

      • Littlesis1774

        I think Google left building a while ago. I think T-Mobile dropped to much in value in order for Google to think about buying it. If Sprint does do well with the iphone 5 then maybe they will buy but google no

        • Frank

          Yeah, Google has said they have no interest in acquiring T-Mobile. They may have at one time, but that ship has long since sailed.

  • jon

    The ONE thing Dems and Rep CAN agree on…$$$$$ is worth throwing the American people under the bus. Politicians make me sick.

  • Charles Berry

    Gotta love that 162 million to our wonderful politicians that At&t spent last year on campaign funds.  That kind of money will buy any of our politicians.  They were only behind GE, the Chamber of Commerce and one other…  Damn I am glad my politicians actually have our interests in mind!

  • Charles Berry

    Gotta love that 162 million to our wonderful politicians that At&t spent last year on campaign funds.  That kind of money will buy any of our politicians.  They were only behind GE, the Chamber of Commerce and one other…  Damn I am glad my politicians actually have our interests in mind!

  • FairandBalanced

    Well Obama can just tell the Obstructionists to pass his jobs bill through the Republican Congress and he’ll get the DOJ off AT&T’s back.  Seems like a fair trade to me. 

  • FairandBalanced

    Well Obama can just tell the Obstructionists to pass his jobs bill through the Republican Congress and he’ll get the DOJ off AT&T’s back.  Seems like a fair trade to me. 

  • Littlesis1774

    Did the GOP miss out on Obama said? Obama did say that he will block any GOP deal or anything that will be on his desk. Obama will block this like it no tomorrow and T-mobile is screwed

    • YesNOyes

      He used the term VETO and was speaking about any deals that further tax the middle class.

      The DOJ will have to prove that the new AT&T proposal doesn’t violate anti-trust laws and loses jobs instead of creating the 96k AT&T claims.  

      If AT&T can prove otherwise then the DOJ will settle.  But even if this deal passes it will be scrutinized to the core and AT&T will be on the hotseat if these thousands of 3rd party networking jobs aren’t created.  

      This week ought to be interesting.  By weeks end I expect to find out whether or not AT&T will settle with the DOJ or if they will be forced to go to trial.  

      • Littlesis1774

        If this does go though then DOJ is have to serious mandate conditions on AT&T part like not rise prices on the consumers

  • Anonymous

    Good old Pete Olson is one sorry SOB. Those House Republican have sold their self respect, no one gives a shit what the American Consumer wants, it is all about how much dirty money they can line their pockets with. If this slides thru after all the opposition that has stepped up and proved their point that this is strictly a deal to takeover the Network and squeeze out all small time Carriers. If AT&T is allowed to go forward then you can bet your house that they will force all small carriers out of business. This must not be allowed to go forward. No matter what kind of bull shit they sling.

  • Jays_on

    I know most (if not all) politicians are corrupt, But in the Reps defense,
    their general policy is try letting the free (for now) market decide.
    Which is one of the things that has made our country great. Contrary to
    what most libs believe it is not government that makes our country
    great.

    I know I know, you will say “thats what got us in this mess.” Not true,
    thank Barney Frank for forcing  banks to lend high risk loans. Thank
    Obama for spending trillions on…. who knows what. And don’t give me
    the old “it’s Bush’s fault”. Ok, I know you’re going to anyway. How pathetic.

    • trife

      Just like someone can’t blame Bush, YOU can’t pin this on Obama.  Can you not see the hypocrisy in what you preach contrasted with your actions?  

      The truth is that no President ever starts his term with a fresh, clean slate of America of which to work with.  The sooner people realize this, the sooner we can all move past this ridiculous party loyalty nonsense.  Bush’s shortcomings and mistakes have had an effect on Barack’s presidency, just as the current President’s mistakes will impact whoever comes after him.  See how that works?

      The mess we’re in isn’t any one single man’s fault.  Nor is it the fault of any one party.  America has been going down the tubes for awhile now and to be honest, it wouldn’t have mattered who was elected in 2008–we’ve been on the down swing for awhile now.  

      But hey, if it makes you feel better to pass the blame onto someone else, by all means, keep blaming Democrats for all of America’s woes.  Keep supporting politicians whose only agenda is making sure that Barack Obama doesn’t get elected again and NOT trying SOMETHING to make things better for the majority of Americans while he’s still in office.  We’ll just wait until 2012 to try to fix our issues b/c by golly, we just can’t see an uptick in our economy while Obama is President–all that would do is make him look good and possibly help him get re-elected, right?    

  • Lilmicky3

    just let this merger go through.. people dont understand once the merger doesnt go through..TMOBILE IS SCREWED!!! DT DOESNT WANT TO FINANCE TMOBILE ANYMORE.. SO STOP THE WHINING AND APPROVE THIS MERGER.. 

    • Silk7412

      Some of us are not whining. we just dont want to be apart of att (again). there are others that want to buy them also.Please stop yelling. It hurts my eyes
      At the time it hammered out the AT&T deal, Deutsche Telekom said it had been in talks with five interested parties.
      With the AT&T deal at risk, some of those parties — Verizon Communications, DISH Network and Sprint Nextel — are still interested in T-Mobile USA, according to a source close to the operator

    • Junior

      You understand that if This deal doesn’t go through T-mobile USA gets 9billion dollars and all the aws spectrum with amounts to 51% that ATT has bought out so that T-mobile can’t get its hands on it…

      Really guy think before you speak…. Read the facts please

  • Anonymous

    T-Mobile can’t compete now even if they wanted to. The best hope for consumers at this point is to let the merger go through with lots of government mandated concessions that benefit the customers. 

    For example: they have lots and lots of spectrum now so they’re no longer allowed to cut people off after 2GB or double charge for tethering. You can’t have it both ways, if you’re acquiring more spectrum to enable more bandwidth then you have to pass that on to your customers.

    The downside to this merger is that AT&T is eliminating a competitor with absolutely no guarantee that they’re going to improve their anti-consumer policies. Get that guarantee from them and then letting them acquire T-Mobile will be the best outcome for everyone.

    • Silk7412

      Whats best for tmo employees? layoff? ( sorry i meant – permanent vacation without pay)

    • Silk7412

      Whats best for tmo employees? layoff? ( sorry i meant – permanent vacation without pay)

    • Anonymous

      HAHAHAHA.. I like this part, really made me laugh:
       “For example: they have lots and lots of spectrum now so they’re no
      longer allowed to cut people off after 2GB or double charge for
      tethering. You can’t have it both ways, if you’re acquiring more
      spectrum to enable more bandwidth then you have to pass that on to your
      customers.”

      How naive/gullible are you? You couldn’t score in a brothel with that mindset.
      When you go to bed, do you hear anyone calling your name? It’s reality, asking for you to come back.

    • Anonymous

      HAHAHAHA.. I like this part, really made me laugh:
       “For example: they have lots and lots of spectrum now so they’re no
      longer allowed to cut people off after 2GB or double charge for
      tethering. You can’t have it both ways, if you’re acquiring more
      spectrum to enable more bandwidth then you have to pass that on to your
      customers.”

      How naive/gullible are you? You couldn’t score in a brothel with that mindset.
      When you go to bed, do you hear anyone calling your name? It’s reality, asking for you to come back.

  • BP

    Its funny how both sides are sending letters to President Obama just to collect dust.  The trial date tomorrow will speak volumes for 1 side.  AT&T wants January 16 or settlement and DOJ wants March 19.

  • BP

    Its funny how both sides are sending letters to President Obama just to collect dust.  The trial date tomorrow will speak volumes for 1 side.  AT&T wants January 16 or settlement and DOJ wants March 19.

    • Tito!

      Right? yet, when it comes to matters such as the economy & the unemployment rate there could never be a bipartisan agreement. It’s all greed, I tell you.

  • LetsHateATTtogether

    I’m against the merger.  In reality I don’t understand why I’m against it (other than the same unsubstantiated sound bites being spread by Sprint and other opposition groups all over the web) but it sounds cool and revolutionist so down with AT&T!!!  The more FUD that gets spread around the better I’ll feel about being angry.  

    • Jays_on

      Because you aren’t with them now, and you don’t want to pay more for poor service all around.
      What it boils down to if it goes through, we will be att customers, and not only have to pay the price, but the price we pay will get even higher, because of one less competitor that has a strong influence on pricing, whether we realize it’s true or not.
      There is a part of me though that feels, if 2 companies want to make a deal, who are we (and the government) to stop them? Especially when you consider there are still many different options. Not who we want, but still options.

      • ReadItAgainDude

        I think LetsHateATTtogether was just being ironic, sarcastic and humorous from a Pro-ATT stance.  Read his/her post again. 

    • Jays_on

      Because you aren’t with them now, and you don’t want to pay more for poor service all around.
      What it boils down to if it goes through, we will be att customers, and not only have to pay the price, but the price we pay will get even higher, because of one less competitor that has a strong influence on pricing, whether we realize it’s true or not.
      There is a part of me though that feels, if 2 companies want to make a deal, who are we (and the government) to stop them? Especially when you consider there are still many different options. Not who we want, but still options.

  • LeShaneequa

    I have bad credit and I’m on welfare.  I’m against the merger because I’m scared ATT will try to charge me a $1000 deposit for my 3 lines.  

    All my people who feel me please fight this merger cause I don’t want to pay a deposit.

  • IT Guy

    We can talk dirty
    money and corrupt politicians all we want, but what it all comes down to is
    money. Not the money thrown around in Washington — which in the big scheme of
    things is small potatoes, but the real money being made and being lost by
    businesses.

    I’ve said before
    that it looks great for the Dems to shake their fists and say they’re going to
    be there for the consumers and the working man, but their fight could be in
    vain. (Don’t get me started on the Republicans bending over backwards for
    big-business, either.)

    Without a buyout
    of some sort, I honestly think T-Mobile is on it’s last legs. Their profits
    continue to sink. ($135m down 63% in Q1 2011 vs Q1 2010, $212m in Q2, down 48%
    from Q2 2010). They’re bleeding customers on the low end to Metro PCS and
    Cricket. They’re losing customers on the high end to Verizon and ATT.

    Should the deal
    go through, there are going to be job losses. Lots of them. AT&T is stupid
    to try and portray it otherwise. There are always losses when companies combine.
    (Also, the whole idea of arguing over whether it should be called an
    acquisition, a merger, a marriage, or whatever is kind of silly. One party wants
    to sell, one wants to buy. Call it a sale and keep it simple.)

    We also face the
    prospect of AT&T being the only national GSM network. Thoughts on what
    that’ll mean to consumers are mixed. Most users probably don’t know what kind of
    network they’re operating on anyway, while others will want to stick with their
    current technology. Customers who travel overseas and rely on GSM coverage need
    to be taken into consideration also, but I’ve read they account for a very, very
    small percentage. (Under 1%?)

    The government
    has said that they view these plans as a snapshot in time when they’re
    submitted – The subscriber counts, percentage of wireless customers, etc. They
    don’t take into account the direction things are moving. Looking at things that
    way and considering the job losses, I’d be inclined to say no to the
    AT&T/T-Mobile deal also.

    HOWEVER, we live
    in the real world, and it’s a fluid situation.

    What do things
    look like if the deal doesn’t go through? I don’t think much better. Probably
    worse. A ton of people are going to lose their jobs, and customers are going to
    get hosed.

    Like it or not
    there have not been too many serious suitors for T-Mobile. By serious, I mean
    others who’ve met with DT and had serious talks. Not just a line in a blog post
    saying Walmart or Taco Bell could be interested. Or that Google has lots of
    money and could buy them. (Despite saying, apparently, that they’re
    uninterested)

    What I fear more
    than AT&T taking over is DT saying they want out, and not being able to find
    a buyer.

    Whether this deal
    is nixed or goes through, Deutsche Telekom still wants out at just about any
    cost. They’ve said they are not going to invest any more money in T-Mobile USA,
    and that they’re prepared to scrap things and sell off in pieces if need be.

    They’re having
    talks right now with smaller carriers about selling off pieces of their network
    that the DOJ would demand they divest if the deal goes through. Don’t think for
    a minute that they’re not also talking about those exact same sales if things
    don’t go as planned.

    • IT Guy

      (Sorry for the screwed up formatting)

    • Alexyandell55

      Your by the way wrong tmobile got 5 million customers this month do you read tmo news I do.

      • They didn’t get 5 million new customers, they re-signed contracts on 5 million customers they already had.

    • Those #’s seem to be incorrect. However, I don’t have the actual #s but I know its not that much. I do know that T-Mobile hasn’t really lost that many subscribers in the last 2 years unlike Sprint did and T-Mobile UK & Germany are losing more.

  • SisterMaryKate

    I side with the Lord Jesus Christ.  In the bible it describes the anti-Christ and AT&T fits the bill.  I will fight the anti-Christ and praise the Lord for giving me strength to make it through another day.  Hallelujah.  

    • Margarine

      LMAO!!  Whomever you are you have a funny sense of humor writing these satire comments. Makes the crybabies look silly

  • LetsBeReal

    I have an old $5.99 unlimited T-Zones data plan.  If at&t takes over I know I’ll lose it forever.  Truth be told:  I’m not really worried about T-Mobile employees losing their jobs.  Heck I don’t even care about losing a large competitor in the US wireless industry.  But I do care about my data plan so if pretending to fight for the consumer let’s me keep it then I’ll fight with all I have. 

    • Anonymous

      Wow…

  • Anonymous

    Aren’t these are the same two-faced politicians that originally supported Solyndra with Bush, now blame it on Obama, and seeking inquiry into “political influence” into the loan?

    • Jays_on

      Where are all you libs coming from? are there really this many of you in the wild? Dude, In May 2010, the company was personally promoted by President Obama, who earlier received $50,000 in campaigning funds from owner George Kaiser.

      • Jays_on

        I should add Obama ok’d a $535 million loan that Solyndra has defaulted on leaving the US with the bill seeing as how they filed bankruptcy. The same loan was denied by Bush.
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solyndra

      • MartinL

        We actually outnumber your righties.  

        When you get down to it most Americans support liberal viewpoints like equal opportunity, women’s rights, minorities rights, gay rights, support for the middle class and labor rights.  But if you are Republican and are going to vote Republican anyways it doesn’t’ matter. 

        My only beef with Obama is that he caved in too many times to the Right agenda because he was trying to play the bigger man’s card.  He wanted to come across as a referee or someone neutral but that alienated some of his base.  

        Now he’s back with the fiery rhetoric we loved.  Give him a few more weeks and public opinion will be right back with him as he draws the line in the sand on whose side he’s really on.  

        Pass that bill.

  • Jezebel

    My friends sisters boyfriends cousin’s aunt told my teacher’s dad’s sister that AT&T supports terrorist organizations and is connected to the 911 attacks.  And she doesn’t lie.  I would never support a terrorist organization.  Just say no to AT&T

    • Mom

      Omg be real. For all any of us know you could be supporting terrorism as well. Don’t believe everything you hear. Our so called wonderful president is what most would call support for terrorism.

      • Amonra462

        OMG get clue. This person was being sarcastic, and in doing so pointing out the ad hominim nature of the “he said she said” back and fourth in politics, where ppl believe what ever they read from their elected officials. It seems like you are one of them because you can not see the motive behind even this persons words, let alone a public official deliberately set out to disinform you.

        It is this in-ability to critically think for one’s self that is sinking this country, and this is being accelerated by most on the right and a few on the left with this type of rhetoric.

        Pro Tip – The first line should have gave it away. I encourage you to read closer.
        “My friends sisters boyfriends cousin’s aunt told my teacher’s dad’s sister that..”

  • Anonymous

    These GOPs and Tea Party are NOT patriots, but they only LOVE MONEY!

  • Tito!

    Seriously. Obama. . I’m actually pushing your name forward.

    but if you step in this suit on a positive note for AT&T, i will not be voting for you. . 

    Leave this to the DOJ (as I expect you will)
    because isn’t it funny, no politicians have given you a bipartisan cooperation, let alone the light of day from bashing you.
    & NOW, they look to you as their president to do their wrong in ruining this country’s economy & mobile industry by allowing AT&T to run free with the keys of greed. no thanks.

    Politicans. . if this is all you’re good for. consider you’re administration to be looked upon as the most stupidest greediest sons of bitches. because that’s all you’re good for.
    My generation, the future leaders of this country, know better. & will not put up with your stupid proposals. let alone decisions. 

    Today’s economy is enough. . .
    just leave office. please. stupid republicans. -.-

    • Jays_on

      Wow, meaning you are planning to vote for him? What scary times we are living in.

    • GinaDee

      So you’ll have to vote Republican because a Democrat President sided with the Republicans? Makes sense if you don’t think about it.  

  • Richard C. Barnes III

    I’m a long time iPhone at&t customer and I’m looking forward to this thing getting through because it will instantly give us coverage – poof – and allow us to surf anywhere all the time. I mean I can surf while I’m cleaning out the basement or when I’m taking a dump in the men’s room that is stubbornly in the middle of the buidling surrounded by ten-inch thick lead walls. I get no tmobile reception on the toilet! They suck so bad! I can’t even use wifi calling in case I get bored in there and want to have a random conversation with someone. at&t is just doing a good thing here just look at their commercials! They’re so cool with the music and that guy walking on the edge of that building texting and surfing AT THE SAME TIME!!1!

    Jobs are nothing to worry about too. Next to every Tmobile store is a wal-mart and with them being as great as at&t they will welcome tmobile employees with open arms.

    I just can’t wait for my LTE. You don’t like it just switch to big red already.

    • GinaDee

      LMAO!!  

    • Anonymous

      at&t coverage isn’t much better than tmo coverage

    • DetroitTechnoFan

      Lemme guess… you get your sarcasm service provided by AT&T too?

    • ohreally?!

      what r u smoking?! r u basing how much u like att off their commercials?! hahaha

    • ohreally?!

      what r u smoking?! r u basing how much u like att off their commercials?! hahaha

  • Richard C. Barnes III

    I’m a long time iPhone at&t customer and I’m looking forward to this thing getting through because it will instantly give us coverage – poof – and allow us to surf anywhere all the time. I mean I can surf while I’m cleaning out the basement or when I’m taking a dump in the men’s room that is stubbornly in the middle of the buidling surrounded by ten-inch thick lead walls. I get no tmobile reception on the toilet! They suck so bad! I can’t even use wifi calling in case I get bored in there and want to have a random conversation with someone. at&t is just doing a good thing here just look at their commercials! They’re so cool with the music and that guy walking on the edge of that building texting and surfing AT THE SAME TIME!!1!

    Jobs are nothing to worry about too. Next to every Tmobile store is a wal-mart and with them being as great as at&t they will welcome tmobile employees with open arms.

    I just can’t wait for my LTE. You don’t like it just switch to big red already.

  • rorytmeadows

    I am against the merger because I will lose one big thing: leverage. As companies get larger, they care less about one’s person’s business. You think one big company is going to care if you threaten to leave because of poor service or overcharging data plans? Of course not. I want my low cost data plans. Bandwidth is extremely cheap and T-Mobile is the only one that gives a s*** about the consumer. No way data is worth $30-$35 a month. I don’t care what the speed is. At that price, it’s the carrier ripping the consumer off.

  • Anonymous

    Finally someone to stop the whiney liberals

    • Enough of the politics…this isn’t a political blog! Everyone just stop!

      • Anonymous

        True.Lets tell our congressmen to stop interfering the legal process and let DOJ implement the laws of OUR land. If the congress interferes to prevent its implementation..this place will become a political blog.

  • Anonymous

    Finally someone to stop the whiney liberals

  • Shanmunaweera

    Hey David, can Verizon or Sprint use T-Mobile spectrum to be used on a CDMA network? or does it not work that way?

    • W3m1975

      spectrum can be used by any one… Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, Comcast, Metro, etc… “Spectrum” is a general reference to the light frequency used to transmit data over fiber optic cables.

    • W3m1975

      spectrum can be used by any one… Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, Comcast, Metro, etc… “Spectrum” is a general reference to the light frequency used to transmit data over fiber optic cables.

  • Shanmunaweera

    Hey David, can Verizon or Sprint use T-Mobile spectrum to be used on a CDMA network? or does it not work that way?

  • So….this letter with the names of 100 republicans who endorse the AT&T and T-Mo….and should serve as a list of those who got their pockets padded by the death star….And it’s funny how a lot of these same republicans who fight Barack on a lot of things that would move the country forward, are now running to him for help on something that would stagnate competition (and ultimately hurt consumers pockets), and cut jobs.  I hate politics…especially when most of these politicians who don’t know sh!t about technology or the cellular industry try to make laws that have implications far beyond their scope comprehension.  Those people who signed their names to that letter is about nothing more than greed…

  • So….this letter with the names of 100 republicans who endorse the AT&T and T-Mo….and should serve as a list of those who got their pockets padded by the death star….And it’s funny how a lot of these same republicans who fight Barack on a lot of things that would move the country forward, are now running to him for help on something that would stagnate competition (and ultimately hurt consumers pockets), and cut jobs.  I hate politics…especially when most of these politicians who don’t know sh!t about technology or the cellular industry try to make laws that have implications far beyond their scope comprehension.  Those people who signed their names to that letter is about nothing more than greed…

  • phonegeek

    I really hate politics …it brings out the arrogance in people…I think I have nothing further to say on here until this is over with.

    • jon

      AGREED! Arrogance and people act pious. This isn’t the fault of one side OR the other. It’s the fault of both sides and it’s driven by GREED. These politico nut-jobs on BOTH sides will never get it….

    • jon

      AGREED! Arrogance and people act pious. This isn’t the fault of one side OR the other. It’s the fault of both sides and it’s driven by GREED. These politico nut-jobs on BOTH sides will never get it….

  • Smirking_again

    **yawn** a surprise awaits you in 2012

    • Jays_on

      I hope it’s the iphone!=)

  • Enough of the politics…this isn’t a political blog! Everyone just stop!

    • Jays_on

      agreed. Sorry Dave!

  • MartinL

    I’m sorry…..I shouldn’t have treated this article as my own personal, political soapbox. Sometimes the voices are so overwhelming. I hope the community will forgive me.

  • Enough of the politics…this isn’t a political blog! Everyone just stop!

    • Amonra462

      Lets be honest, you somewhat invited it with the title of your post!

  • Dell Can Suck it!

    How can this be a good deal for consumers?  How stupid are we supposed to be?  ATT is the conglomeration of 16 companies.  Adding another in tmobile is totally helping the competitive landscape.  Att with 17 companies is awesome.   #$@# you ATT when you buy Tmobile I am biting the CYANIDE capsule and going to Sprint and I am taking my 10 lines with me. 

    • MIKEEEEE

      i’m with you.

      got a used samsung epic, got a 24% corporate discount and all i have to do is rent a po box 35 miles away and sprint gets my 4 lines.

  • Kyle Phillips

    LOL the Republicans favoring big business and reduction in competition? What a surprise. And in a giant grid lock of hate for the right wing to go to Obama is completely out of the ordinary. They must have gotten some big checks to agree to try and talk to a left wing member on this.

  • First the list of democrats come out that write this letter to Obama. Now the republicans. At least we know AT&T is bipartisan when it comes to handing out bribe money :P

  • Magmaspawn

    39 billion is a lot of money to bleed out of a country having econimic issues. imo that is why doj is against this. they would rather that money get bounced around in our own fish bowl.

  • MIKEEEEE

    the question is how many congressman are in the opposing side?

    435 votes in the house and only 100 signatures, not a groundswell at all.

    we’ll see later today.

  • Anonymous

    Like I said… AT&T has the second largest PAC in the country which also happens to be one of the oldest ones, they get things done.

  • Brianb

    Boy, our government is not really for the people….amazing!  AT&T tells congressmen this will be GREAT for America and customers–AND THEY BELIEVE IT???  Companies will say anything–ANYTHING to make a deal!  Companies are SELF-SERVING entities (all of them)!  They only care about THEIR profit!  After the merger they would do as little as possible to help previous T-mobile people (this IS natural and normal for a corporation).

    I am SOO disappointed in our congressmen!

    Did any of these hundred every read the Anti-Trust laws? Did they know what they are for? Why they were written a 100 years ago?  Did any of them take government class in High School?  Do any of them really, honestly care about Americans? I know Mr. Bush’s administration chose to frequently ignore Anti-trust laws BUT that didn’t make it ‘right’ or ‘normal’ for are government to ignore Anti-Trust Laws!  They were ignoring the LAW during his administration.  Are those 100 congressmen being paid or are just plain stupid???

    • Hhhh

      They are all being paid .
      We all need to vote for new candidates that are new to this game and have lived in our positions this will give us the people a better chance and we must unight to remove lobbying once and for all.

      • BlcktoyBx

        Please don’t tell me you are thinking the tea baggers.

  • Anonymous

    Just  been waiting for this…Political muscle of AT&T is full display right after Dems putout this letter last week

    15 Dems and 100 Repugs.

    I would love to know how much AT&T pay for this letter. How much was the auction price ????. We now know who works for salary we tax paying voters give and who is up for sale.

    Every Congressman should be paid by their district not from tax payer federal funds and if they raise funds from outside their district or PAC/SuperPAC/ Lobby groups it should be treated as individual income and there should be a dollar for dollar reduction in their salary that includes life time pension and health care benefits.

    Repugs going to Prez. O.That’s a first !!!!  Bend over America and give your Credit Card/Bank account number to AT&T!!!!!

    Hold on to your political donations. You will need it to pay your phone bills.
    Moral of the story – If it’s bipartisan America is getting screwed.

    • Hhhhiqork

      Everyone loOk how the repubs act the sell there souls for money vote for Obama and demand that he removes lobbying. These suck ass repub criminals. Should be removed from office and any demacrat who signed the letter it’s time to vote for all new and fresh polations

  • Hurlamania

    Do you have the 100 names?

  • This country…
    Lol.

  • This country…
    Lol.

  • Gdwhite85

    If anyone believes this will not lead to more job layoff’s – your smoking crack. THIS WILL LEAD TO MORE JOB LAYOFF’s, don’t kid yourself. This is why the DOJ, said NO!!! Obama, will not get involved.

  • Southerner

    Please let us know where we can see the list of who signed up for this.  I would like to see if any of my “representatives” are for this.  If so, I will send them emails protesting their taking up AT&T’s side in this.

  • Exstavenjames7

    Why am I not surprised that it would be republican fueled by money to get a corporate agenda completed which if PENNIES NICKELS & DIMES (AT&T) was already a great company then this merger would be more easy to swallow, but sense this looks like an easier way to keep up in the industry

    • TechieTroy

      Sorry, but the stats are even worse on the Democrat side.  But the more important point is that the majority of all congress members supporting the merger received donations from AT&T.  Corruption knows know party — there’s unfortunately plenty to go around.  I doubt the credibility and motive of any of them who can endorse this deal as being good for the consumer.

  • Cyclotourist

    The Constitution starts with ‘We the people’ not ‘We the Corporations’ its time for Congress to stop pandering to corporate money.

  • Kendrahicks76

    So…. I think its save to say we are screwed.

  • Droid 1967

    TMO NEWS you are pathetic!
    You are quite aware http://www.tmonews.com/2011/09/congressional-members-ask-president-obama-to-settle-attt-mobile-doj-lawsuit/    dont see a headline about democrats kicking and screaming.
    If you want to be a politcal blog let me know and ill stay away.  this is the most obvious push for your political leanings its appalling. and anyone here for why we are here weather a republican , democrat, independent, socialist or communist should feel the same.

    this is about corrupt politicians. and anyone that has received money from att and signed this letter or the one the dems sent out should be impeached in my opinion.  
    For you to try to push this as a 1 sided political party move is disgusting journalism and makes you no better than the corruption behind these politicians that signed this thing.

  • I’m sorry, this had nothing to do with politics, this was us mocking the fact that Repubilcans and Democrats alike are trying to influence a decision they should take no part in. We have more than mocked the Democratic individuals who have sided with AT&T in this matter and pinpointed their campaign finances received from AT&T. I think the headline was geared toward mocking those Republican candidates but the headline would have been the same no matter the political affiliation.

    • Congressional Members Ask President Obama To Settle AT&T/T-Mobile DOJ Lawsuit
      (Updated) House Republicans Kick and Scream over DOJ suit, Run to Obama

      1st regarding Democrats
      2nd regarding Republicans

      both addressing the President for the same thing both wanting it approved and both receiving money from att prior to signing these.

      the headline wouldn’t be the same because they are not.

      other than that we can move on just very poor judgement on whoever posted this headline.

      • mac

        You’re kicking and screaming over a title. 

    • Anonymous

      I agree with Droid 1967. What was wrong with making the headline “House Republicans Issue
      Letter to Obama Regarding DOJ Suit” or something similar? You say that you were trying to mock both parties, but there’s only one being mocked here, and the other got a civil headline for their article.

  • I’m sorry, this had nothing to do with politics, this was us mocking the fact that Repubilcans and Democrats alike are trying to influence a decision they should take no part in. We have more than mocked the Democratic individuals who have sided with AT&T in this matter and pinpointed their campaign finances received from AT&T. I think the headline was geared toward mocking those Republican candidates but the headline would have been the same no matter the political affiliation.