FCC Asks AT&T How T-Mobile Deal Will Add More Jobs

The Federal Communications Commission has formally requested, via letter that AT&T supply the FCC with more information regarding it’s proposed takeover of T-Mobile. Specifically, the FCC wants to see all the data AT&T has over the last 5 years regarding its workforce and job creation. The FCC has informed AT&T that previously requested information and responses sent by AT&T were incomplete causing the FCC to once again request official data.

The FCC is requesting “all plans, analyses and reports discussing the creation or loss of jobs if the proposed transaction were to be consummated.” AT&T’s response to this request should include:

“All analyses, reports, data or other documents in AT&T’s possession, custody or control that analyze the size and location of AT&T’s workforce both before and as anticipated after the merger. This would include…any documents enumerating the number of T-Mobile and AT&T jobs that will be eliminated or added should the merger be approved, and the effect of the proposed transaction on employment both inside and outside the United States.”

Furthermore, the FCC is also requesting from AT&T “all documents created within the past five years that analyze or describe AT&T’s strategy or policies with respect to the location of all center jobs.”

Once again, we’re left wondering what direction the FCC is leaning.

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  • SemiSpook

    Well, if memory serves, Commissioner Copps is vehemently against the merger. I call BS on the 5000 job claim, if only because it seems disingenuous to me as those 5000 jobs would be to replace 5000 T-Mobile jobs, and I don’t know what they’re smoking as to claiming the 96000 job figure, either.

    • Anomouse

      Our T-Mobile call center is down 300 people. Jobs are beig lost already.  I suspect that 1000s of more jobs will be lost merger or not.

  • Trjcasper

    I’d venture a guess that if they were leaning in favor of the merger they wouldn’t care that the previously submitted information was incomplete.

  • SemiSpook

    Well, if memory serves, Commissioner Copps is vehemently against the merger. I call BS on the 5000 job claim, if only because it seems disingenuous to me as those 5000 jobs would be to replace 5000 T-Mobile jobs, and I don’t know what they’re smoking as to claiming the 96000 job figure, either.

  • Anonymous

    its

  • Williamssl Xbox

    But…but…it will create more union jobs……  Shouldn’t that count?  

  • Anonymous

    Watch AT&T ducks the request of the said “data” again. I wouldn’t be surprise if FCC request more information again..

  • Anonymous

    Watch AT&T ducks the request of the said “data” again. I wouldn’t be surprise if FCC request more information again..

  • Anonymous

    I think that they are leaning in way that they are very suspicious that AT&T will create more jobs with the merger.  And they want to make sure that number isn’t the layoffs of TMO personnel and the hiring of ATT people, which could be a wash or lower.  Also, they want to take over TMO and ONLY create 5K jobs?  Doesn’t that seem low?

  • fsured

    Their claim of creating jobs is a big PR appeasement.  They may simply want the details to back up that claim.  There is going to be a layoff of people but I don’t remember reading about any numbers for this group of workers.  To fold that many employees into their current payroll is going to blow up their labor expenses and I don’t think they will want that.

  • Anonymous

    I must be stupid. Can someone please explain to this ignorant fellow how this will create jobs ? I can’t see it. The way my stupid mind works is they will be laying off many people. That is the cost savings. Nobody mentions all the company’s that service T-Mobile ( Tower company’s,T-Mobile dealers,etc…) There are to many to list here.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sungc1 Sung Cho

    My friend works at T-Mobile and there is a massive exodus right now.  There is NO WAY this will create more jobs because at&t will eliminate redundant positions… all the account / administrative and executive jobs will be gone.

  • TMoFan

    It’s easy math really. Those words that Oberman and Stephenson like to use, “synergies” and “efficiencies”, are just corporate bs euphemisms for layoffs. How else are they going to see all of those savings from the buyout? Most of the T-Mobile staff will be decimated, and the ones that are kept will only be kept long enough to satisfy some bs condition then they will be gone too. I think this sellout/buyout will go down as one of the biggest blunders in M&A history, simply because at&t and DT thought they could just have it all and ramrod this thing through regardless of the other issues that are raised. The jokes on them – this whole thing is blowing up in their face. It must kill DT to know that they won’t get their 8% stake in at&t and a DT suit on at&t’s BoD.

    • http://www.ericgillette.com Eric Gillette

      Well said….well said. I hope TMO stays independent. AT&T will drag them down.

      • Littlesis1774

        that is if they last long. T-mobile needs other phones besides androids.

      • Littlesis1774

        that is if they last long. T-mobile needs other phones besides androids.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AWWIKW6MNPUHOC4OVSHWUDWAHM Fabio

    Well well well, it looks like this is a ticking time bomb, that is about to explode soon. The fact that AT&T hasn’t responded to this matter yet, shows that their jobs claim is total bull crap. Now, because the FCC is requesting more information, I suspect that this is an indication that the FCC is against this takeover, but wants to cooperate with AT&T to try to get this deal thru but AT&T is just not giving enough information to outweigh the benefits of this merger with the disadvantages. I think the FCC will soon side with the Department of Justice and they will prevent this takeover from occurring. I’m sorry DT owner of T-Mobile USA, you’re just going to have to sell your business to someone else, you greedy corporation :).

  • Gnome

    Haha more jobs. That’s funny. In a 20 mile radius where I live, I would have to estimate that T-Mobile has 4 stores and AT&T has between 3 – 5. Am I supposed to believe that AT&T is going to keep these 4 stores open that would be selling the same merchandise and keep the employees. I highly doubt that. If the FCC buys that more jobs are going to be created then we have a much bigger issue here. Maybe we need to evaluate what ppl are in the FCC.

  • http://www.unscripted360.com Deacon

    uhh it won’t add more jobs.  no acquisition, merger ever has … this one will be no different.  does that mean it’s a dead deal?  nope … does it mean it’s not a beneficial deal? nope.  who knows .. just get it over with lol

    • IT Guy

      Exactly. I don’t know why they even tried to say it would.

      Unless you count “jobs saved” as “jobs created” in the case that an AT&T takeover kept T-Mo from being shut down, but that’s quite a stretch.
       

      • http://www.unscripted360.com Deacon

        true indeed my friend

    • IT Guy

      Exactly. I don’t know why they even tried to say it would.

      Unless you count “jobs saved” as “jobs created” in the case that an AT&T takeover kept T-Mo from being shut down, but that’s quite a stretch.
       

  • Anonymous

    That is the biggest lie I ever heard and the FCC knows it as well, Just like the check is in the mail. Flush this deal down the toilet where it belongs and let’s hope T-Mobile can put this great Network back together the right way. I’m willing to spend a few more bucks a month just to keep T-Mobile alive. I get better service then all other Networks in my area (Boston). The data speeds are very much equal to Verizon’s LTE speeds. That is no bull either. The Download speeds are over 10 MB and the Upload is over 3 MB, with that the battery does not drain like on the LTE Networks. To me that is the major plus with this Network. HSPA+ IMO is still the best Network to be on. Best of both worlds. 

  • macman37

    Alright!!  Finally, we see some progress from the FCC on this deal; since they are the ones that are actually responsible for T-Mobile not having the iPhone 4S.  Apple decision to include the 1700 AWS frequency radio band is dependent on the FCC’s approval or non-approval of this deal.  The title of the article should be, “FCC Asks AT&T ‘How the Hell Would the AT&T and T-Mobile Deal Add More Jobs”.  One of our fellow commentators named Jon gave us a good video link with a representative from Sprint arguing against the acquisition and another union member for the acquisition.  It basically confirmed our concerns of the possible effects of this deal.  The FCC should look some more into the past from when Cingular bought AT&T to see get a clearer picture of how many jobs were created, as well as the effects.  Not many jobs were made as a result of that deal/acquisition; and a good number of AT&T mobile/wireless customers were pissed since Cingular decided to get rid of the TDMA technology.  Mentioning this helps give us a good possible outcome of what will happen to T-Mobile’s 1700 AWS frequency radio band.  With the mention of AT&T sending the FCC incomplete responses and incomplete requested information causing the FCC to request these items again, it shows me and others just how scared AT&T is of having T-Mobile getting the iPhone.  They don’t want a GSM competitor who would cause them to lose their subscribers.  This tactic of stalling a decision with incomplete data while destroying the value of a possible acquired partner when you know the answer from the FCC is no is completely unacceptable.  The FCC should award T-Mobile the break-up fee of this failed acquisition as a minimum.  I only hope that Deutche Telekom is looking at striking a deal with The Dish Network to help T-Mobile USA create and deploy a 4G LTE network.

    • Dan

      +1

  • BigMixxx

    Oh Shit….somebody is in trouble.

    All I gotta say….

  • BigMixxx

    This is not a good thing right now for AT&T lawyers.  They have to divulge a lot of information to the Gov’t.  This also is not a good look for T Mobile, as they will know WHO may potentially be eliminated.  The exodus from T mobile will continue.  The OTHER thing to this is that the competition will understand the marketing penetration in each and every market, AGAIN not good for either company.

    DT is taking a beating right now from the Greek market to what could potentially be bad news….

    • Wilma Flintstone

      Lol You just couldn’t resist saying something else huh Mixxx?  (Read your comment below)

    • W3m1975

      I have a feeling T-Mobile already knows who is on the chopping block, when I took my daughter for her check up my T-Mobile health plan card printed out a receipt that said I am on the AT&T mobility insurance plan……..

  • Justladd1

    I know this going a little off such but t-mobile wont get the iphone because its 3g capable only. T-mobile is pushing 4g and until apple makes a 4g capable device on the gsm network there will be no tmo iphone.

    • JBLmobileG1

      Your miss informed. The newest iphone on the At&t network is technically a 4g device. It utilizes their HSPA+ network which is a form of 4g and is 4 times faster than their 3g network. Their LTE network is 10xs faster than their current 3g. So while it may not be LTE capable… HSPA+ still is 4g…. and as we all know it is GSM. Their phone also is a world phone and is capable of CDMA although you can’t use it with Sprint or Verizon service. You may be wondering how I know all this… well I work in the business and was told this by a higher up AT&T representative.

      • JBLmobileG1

        Sad thing is At&t and Tmobile both use different types of frequencies or bands for their HSPA+ networks… so until Apple makes an iphone with Tmobiles HSPA+ bands… your right, Tmobile won’t see a 4g iphone. Like I stated though.. your wrong about there not being a 4g capable iphone.

        • Littlesis1774

          T-mobile needs suck it up give in. I totally believe if this merger does not go though T-mobile won’t be compete on Sprint, AT&T and Verizon level. A reportly 1.2 million customers will be leaving T-mobile and I am one of them. If T-mobile does not up suck it up offer other choices of phones besides the android they are thougb

        • Littlesis1774

          T-mobile needs suck it up give in. I totally believe if this merger does not go though T-mobile won’t be compete on Sprint, AT&T and Verizon level. A reportly 1.2 million customers will be leaving T-mobile and I am one of them. If T-mobile does not up suck it up offer other choices of phones besides the android they are thougb

      • Respawn

        As a former AT&T Supervisor, you are partly correct. HSPA+ is 3.5G, advertised as 4G by AT&T and T-Mobile. The big difference, however, is that AT&T’s HSPA+ maxes at 14.4 mbps, although they’ll “tell” you it’s up to 21 mbps. Regardless, T-Mobile’s can be classified as true 4G because it’s 42 mbps this year, and hopefully going up to 84 mbps next year assuming the buyout doesn’t happen.

        The newest iPhone operates on the 14.4 mbps speed. In fact, AT&T has internally asked Apple to update the iPhone 4S to show “4G” in the status bar even though it is, in all reality, a 3G device.

        • littlebirdy

          i hear that some areas where i live in are already at 84 but theres no way of testing it out

        • Anonymous

          The ITU classifies HSPA+, Wimax, and LTE as 4g. You can argue speeds, and you can argue that the ITU was bullied into making the change in 4g classification, but according to todays standards, you cannot call LTE 4g without calling the others the same as well. That’s just the way it is.

  • Afterburner

    This will indeed create jobs. It will create 500 temporary  jobs in the cancellation department at AT&T/Tmobile. It will also create another 500 jobs at Verizon to handle the influx of new customers.

    • GinaDee

      LOL that was hilarious!

    • DD

      Hahaha omg, seriously! Hilarious!

    • W3m1975

      The merger hasn’t happened yet and its already creating jobs…. T-Mobile is hiring for their Belvue WA location due to not having enough people there in Special Accounts Care to turn ex employee accounts off or migrate them to customer accounts. They have over 3000 in their backlog.

    • ItsMichaelNotMike

      LOL… nice one.

  • Anthonynyc1a

    Please FCC don’t let it happen.

  • trife

    So should the acquisition go through, when is the timeframe for it to happen?  

    I ask not b/c I really want it to happen, but some finality sure would be nice.  Tired of waiting it out to see what happens before I invest in another 2-yr contract.  

  • Wilma Flintstone

    The ONLY (and I mean ONLY) thing I can remotely see positive coming from this is that pretty much All GSM phones will work with 3G bands because as it stands, alot of the phones I want, do not have 1700MHz freq.  Other than that, well, I think its pretty obvious how 98% of us feel about this.

  • IGcorp

    This is how it usually works. They will move some offshore positions in here and they will advertise this as a job creation. When everything settles down, these positions will move offshore to save some money.

    • ogopogo

      Which is usually a win-win for the company. They’ve succeeded in “creating” jobs here, and they also succeed in making the company more “profitable” when they return the jobs to where they were.

      AT&T just makes me sick. I would rather use two cans and a string than to ever go back to those self-serving bastards.

    • ogopogo

      Which is usually a win-win for the company. They’ve succeeded in “creating” jobs here, and they also succeed in making the company more “profitable” when they return the jobs to where they were.

      AT&T just makes me sick. I would rather use two cans and a string than to ever go back to those self-serving bastards.

    • Samus

      This is completely true those 5,000 jobs are a planned move of offshore jobs.  I know people with ATT and they have known about those jobs for a long time but now they are going to try and play it off as good for everyone.  Makes me sick.

  • Havoktek

    From a business standpoint, the cat’s gonna be out the bag AT&T!!

  • jon

    As I’ve posted many, many times before I am not for this merger. That being said; how is job creation/elimination part of the FCC scope???? Maybe someone with better knowledge of what the FCC should be looking at can chime in here….

    • W3m1975

      The scope is the FCC is responsible for the regulation of the communications industry as a whole. If they approve the merger and jobs are lost they will be in a tuff spot with other sections of government. The request is a loaded one any way, it is part of public record that AT&T has cut between 8000 and 24000 jobs every year for the past 8. They are seeking a purgery

      • W3m1975

        The FCC is seeking a perjury type statement to help the DOJ’s case against the merger.

    • Fedup

      Exactly!   The FCC should be concerned with the state/advancement of our communications industry and the FTC should be concerned with the competitive/anti-competitive business environment. The jobs picture should not be a measure of judgement on these issues.   

      As I recall, it wasn’t the FCC that took the lead roll in breaking up the Baby Bells was it? 

      I am soooo sick of the politics.  Throw this whole AT&T/Tmob game into the fray with the Occupy Wall Street protests….. it all deals with the same BS of power mongering politicos to do what the deep pocketed lobby pays for.

  • JuniorJJ103

    Seriously? AT&T basically gave a political answer to confuse even the writer of this story. Wheneve someone uses neither “this or that” always means that so in this case AT&T will eliminate jobs. I love T-Mobile and I’ve been with AT&T all they do is make regret the day I signed with them. Just like going to see twilight with the girlfriend, waste of my time.

  • Guest

    Here is AT+T job creation scam!
    Hire 5,000 customer service reps thru existing CSR at T Mobile and TMO employees who will force to except a lower paid position or receive no unemployed. These workers will become unionized.
    Terminate the 10,000 engineering and operations employees of TMO and re hire 70% of then as independent contractors to build out  AT+T LTE network.  7,000 jobs created.
    Terminate the other 19,000 employees and hire some as Sales rep inside AT+T stores and some for B2B customers. Jobs created 4,000
     
    Net jobs created 16,000.
    Net loss of jobs 14,000

    • TMOTECH

      I am on of those in engineering. I will just start my own services company and build out the LTE and tear down the old AT&T 2G network. 

      BTW, for anyone that is interested, I have looked at an ATT LTE install and it is using 600-850MHZ antenna. This is good news because it means they have no immediate plans to tear down T-Mobile’s 3G/4G when they take over…

    • W3m1975

      T-Mobiles engineering has already unionized… the only part of the company that has been given the opportunity with the pending merger. Job cuts will come from somewhere else, but the shell game with the math seems spot on.

      • da uh

        not true

  • Samus

    If you have kept up with the news previously those supposed 5,000 jobs being added was already in play from a different settlement where they had to move jobs from oversee’s back to the US and now they are going to claim that the combination of TMO will be the original cause of these 5,000 jobs.  I swear that company makes me sick.   

  • count on me

    Reading this… I’m on my way to try and sell value plans…lol

  • Fedup

    STOP THE MERRY-GO-ROUND FCC!   Don’t keep giving them opportunities to scuplt the story the way you want to hear it. IF they didn’t put the plan on the table in the first place don’t keep letting them revise and revise….because you can BET you won’t be there later to hold their feet to the fire. No “fines” you can levy will be enough later to change much.  They’ll just pay them and give you lip service. 

  • Al881

    What a joke. Within a year when nobody is watching they’ll ship the jobs right back overseas.
    BLOCK THE MERGER

  • MIKEEEEE

    never in history has a corporate merger or buy out created any jobs. i’m hoping att allows an early termination fee amnesty.

    if they do, see ya.

    then i’ll shop around and see who’s best.

    might even come to att as a new customer.

  • TmoNinja

    Please for the love of God STOP CALLING THIS A MERGER! T-Mobile and AT&T are not trying to Merge into one comapny.. AT&T is Aquiring T-mobile US from its parent company, Duetche Telekom… It’s a completly different process.

  • Abolds4397

    This seems like a political game. The FCC asks for info from AT&T, AT&T sends info, another letter from AT&T comes out letting the people it will add jobs, etc.! I believe the merger will happen but the dog and pony show has to occur first. It’s not a matter of blocking a merger, lawsuits form the DOJ, or any other factors. The bottom line is when will the merger happen. I love T-Mobile but realistically I think we T-Mobile loyalist will see this merger happen like it or not!

  • Aerofanbig

    “if the proposed transaction were to be consummated” Wow great word usage FCC lol consummate, one way that is described what happens on your wedding night, a perfect analogy…because of AT&T and Tmobile get “married” we all get f’ed lol

  • Jac

    This is good for the employees. As for customers who are whining about their contract, stop worrying, you’ll be fine and go whine on another post. I hope this gives some sort of assurances to Tmo empl, or at least let us know what the deal is. We have never been given “solid” information or officially on if we will have a job or not. But, I am glad there are severance packages…that at least helps a little. 

    • Anonymous

      “As for customers who are whining…go whine on another post”; Wow!!!
      There’s that TMO Cust Rep flavor shining through.

  • john

    Well, my friends all say they are switching sprint or Verizon regardless of the deal. A lot of the switched to T-Mobile because they did not like at&t. It’s not always about the contracts, it’s also about customer loyalty. They don’t operate on the same frequency as each other for high speed data either. They would shut that down and try to convert everyone. More phones on the network would slow it down. I don’t see how this could create jobs at all. All of the phones are made overseas and it wont create any new demand. Also they will have double the customer service reps which will only be useful for the initial switch, after they lose a bunch of customers and business goes back to normal they wont need half of them.

  • Bullius

    Create more worldwide jobs with this acquisition?  Not a chance.