United States Attorney General Says They Are Ready To Meet AT&T In Court To Block T-Mobile Deal

The Department of Justice antitrust division is ready to meet AT&T head-on in court to stop it’s proposed takeover of T-Mobile USA according to United States Attorney General Eric Holder. Sitting before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, AG Holder (who has recused himself from the matter) said:

“The Justice Department does not file matters in court, does not file suits challenging proposed mergers unless we are prepared to follow them all the way through…There is a trial team — I know about this just from what I’ve heard — there is a trial team that is in place, and they are ready and eager to go to court.”

When pressed by Democratic Senator Herb Kohl about concerns the Justice Department might not be willing to go all the way, AG Holder was firm in his position that his people are ready. Senator Kohl questioned if the the Department of Justice “”might not be in this case for the long haul and agree to a settlement that would allow the merger to proceed.”

Judging by the words from the United States Attorney General, the US Government is ready and willing to go all the way with AT&T in order to block this deal.

AP

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  • Kevin Kitchen

    Yes but the backhauls are lacking. The Ciena FTTCS boxes are too slow and cannot carry voice which still must be backhauled on copper T1 lines. They were just installed and will all have to be replaced with higher speed units at big expense. It does not matter what the radio or antenna can handle as long as the backhaul sucks.

    • Giraffe

      Where’s your in?  I have no clue about copper wiring, but I’d imagine that’s something that’s going out with the 3G networks being upgraded to 4G.

  • Kevin Kitchen

    The government will not allow it unless Vodaphone divest its holdings in Verizon.

  • Kevin Kitchen

    T Mobile will not “dissolve”. It is and remains profitable. And with the new roaming agreement and spectrum, it will be better off if the deal fails- which it will.

  • Kevin Kitchen

    T Mobile- or the same company under another name- will be around years from now. They are not “losing customers by the horde”. They are losing contract customers but are more than making that up with pre paid customers. And the deal with Wal*Mart has been a huge hit for them.

  • Kevin Kitchen

    I agree. It will go to court or AT&T will walk away. Even if the DOJ caved to political pressure and settled, Sprint and Cellular South certainly will not settle and the judge has already said those companies can also sue.

  • Kevin Kitchen

    There are no concessions they can make for this deal. 

  • Kevin Kitchen

    There are only 4 national carriers. The smaller carriers are local (Metro PCS) and regional (US Cellular). They do not provide competition on a national basis. And the DOJ knows as do most people that even before the ink dried on this deal, Verizon would go after Sprint.

  • Kevin Kitchen

    Take AT&T’s word?? Ask the 10,000 employees they fired from Bellsouth and Ameritech after they promised otherwise.

  • Kevin Kitchen

    Nothing would be worse than AT&T taking over T Mobile. Nothing! A foreign company would be better than AT&T.

  • Kevin Kitchen

     As long as Duchebag Telekom owns T Mobile, they are not going to try to get new customers or the iphone because that would undermine the argument for the AT&T takeover. That is why they are not touting new price plans or new phones right now. It is a little hard to argue “we are poor, broke and losing all our customers” when you are signing up new ones.

    • Giraffe

      You do realize new price plans were released, what, two months ago?  Top of the line Android devices are released in time for the holiday season already, there’s a Blackberry Torch, and perhaps a Nokia Windows Phone (totally the highlight of this year) in the wings.  You complain about things that have already been done.  Either that or you’re a brilliant troll!

  • Kevin Kitchen

    T Mobile will be fine in the right hands with the right management. The problem with T mobile- and Sprint for that matter is that they are being squeezed on both sides. The lower cost carriers like Metro PCS are taking their lower end customers and AT&T and Verizon are taking higher end customers. They have to find their niche and they will. 

    • TmobileTopDog

      I work for T-Mobile and I totally agree with you. 

  • Jarrod

     T-Mobile USA should take out a loan against its self and buy out of Deutsche Telekom, so we don’t have to worry about getting bought out every few months. That or some well to do operator from Canada or Europe buys us out. EX: Bell, 3, or O2 

  • Brandon

    T-mobile could easily find another buyer for example China is very interested in breaking into the US market. If that would be worst than AT&T buying Tmo I don’t know but they’re are plenty of other options.