(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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  • 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.

      • http://tmonews.com David

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

    • http://twitter.com/iGNetworks iGNetworks

      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.

  • 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

    • http://tmonews.com David

      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?

  • http://twitter.com/Vision77 Vision77

    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…

  • http://twitter.com/Vision77 Vision77

    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!=)

  • http://tmonews.com David

    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.

  • http://tmonews.com David

    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.

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

    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?

  • http://www.facebook.com/Blestsol Michael Williams

    This country…
    Lol.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Blestsol Michael Williams

    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.

  • http://tmonews.com David

    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.

    • http://twitter.com/droid1967 Droid 1967

      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.

  • http://tmonews.com David

    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.