Tag Archives: Acquisition

Democratic Supporters Of AT&T/T-Mobile Deal Received Campaign Donations From AT&T

Will it come to anyone’s surprise that of the 72 Democratic lawmakers that sent a letter to the FCC and Justice department supporting the AT&T/T-Mobile merger that 66 of those lawmakers received campaign contributions from AT&T. Totaling over $500,000 in contributions most of the donations came from political action committees associated with AT&T, who remains the single-largest corporate donor to Congressional members over the last two decades. Want to know how widespread … [read full article]

Sprint Tells AT&T To Man Up And Buy More Towers While The State Of New York Wants “Rigorous” Examination Of Deal

Sprint continued their march to block the AT&T/T-Mobile deal with another FCC filing spelling out how AT&T can increase their network capacity by 600% without the T-Mobile purchase. According to Sprint all AT&T has to do is install more cell towers, upgrade its network to LTE and make a wish. Wait, they don’t need to do that last part. “In a new filing before the Federal Communications Commission that will be submitted … [read full article]

AT&T Posts Statement Regarding T-Mobile Buyout

Today’s AT&T/T-Mobile merger news comes via AT&T herself with a post on their Public Policy Blog titled “It is Much Easier to be Critical than to be Correct.” The blog post starts right off with a one two punch from AT&T promising this deal is necessary in order to give AT&T the necessary network capacity to work within the “broadband revolution.” AT&T of course claims that the capacity of the combined company … [read full article]

Microsoft, Facebook Among Eight Technology Companies Supporting AT&T/T-Mobile Merger

Microsoft joined with Facebook and 6 other technology companies in a filing to the FCC last night in a statement of support for the AT&T/T-Mobile merger.  The deals supporters include Yahoo, Oracle, Research in Motion and VC firms Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Sequoia Partners. Their argument is pretty much summed up by saying that the proposed deal is the best way for AT&T to expand their network capacity in order … [read full article]

Will AT&T Honor T-Mobile Dealer Agreements Or Leave Them Out In The Cold?

T-Mobile dealers are feeling the heat over a potential AT&T/T-Mobile dealer with serious concerns about roaming and partnerships after a deal has gone through. In a filing with the FCC, Iowa Wireless Services, 54% owned by T-Mobile makes its case that it simply doesn’t trust AT&T regarding the effects of the merger on their business. “Iowa Wireless has not been able to obtain any information regarding how—if at all—AT&T will … [read full article]

AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega Live At All Things Digital Event

The D9 conference currently being held in California saw some tough questioning from hosts Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher who put AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega in the hot seat. Walt and Kara really took it to de la Vega and pushed him to answer questions regarding AT&T’s network quality and why they should be trusted with T-Mobile and therefore running the nations largest wireless network. We followed the live … [read full article]

FCC To AT&T: Show Us The Spectrum!

The FCC and the Justice Department are already reviewing the proposed AT&T takeover of T-Mobile and have now asked AT&T to substantiate their claims of spectrum shortages. In a posting on the FCC website the commission requested that AT&T provide “all plans, analyses and reports discussing the relative network spectrum capacity constraints on the company.” Inside AT&T’s April 21st filing with the FCC they said they “face network spectrum … [read full article]

Leap Wireless Opposes AT&T/T-Mobile Deal Along With Everyone Other Than AT&T And T-Mobile

At this point we’re not quite sure who actually wants the AT&T/T-Mobile deal to proceed other than AT&T and T-Mobile themselves. This time Leap Wireless has come out and verbally opposed the deal arguing that the merger would harm consumers due to reduced competition. Along with the reduction in competition Leap argues that too much power would be consolidated into the hands of just two wireless carriers. “We oppose the proposed acquisition. … [read full article]

AT&T To Pay T-Mobile $6 Billion If Deal Isn’t Approved

According to the old “people familiar with the matter” story AT&T will have to pay Deutsche Telekom $6 billion in assets, cash and services if a deal isn’t approved by US regulators. The $6 billion would break down into the $3 billion in cash previously thought but an additional $2 billion worth of spectrum and a roaming agreement valued at $1 billion would also be picked up by Deutsche Telekom. The sources … [read full article]

Sprint Asking State Regulators To Review AT&T/T-Mobile Deal

If Sprint hasn’t already solidified their position as the greatest vocal opponent to the proposed AT&T acquisition of T-Mobile, yesterday’s West Virginia filing may cement it. Sprint has asked West Virginia state regulators to review the proposed $39 billion dollar purchase with Sprint expecting to file similar requests in other states as well. “Clearly the interest of the public in this state will be adversely affected by the proposed merger because it … [read full article]