Tag Archives: AT&T

U.S. Senator Herb Kohl Comes Out Against AT&T/T-Mobile Deal

Senator Herb Kohl, Chairman of the US Senate Antitrust Subcommittee has written the FCC urging them to block the proposed AT&T buyout of T-Mobile stating that the buyout “would likely cause substantial harm to competition and consumers would be contrary to antitrust law and not in the public interest, and therefore should be blocked by your agencies.” He specially points out that T-Mobile would effectively be eliminated from the market. The Senator’s … [read full article]

Five Myths About The T-Mobile/AT&T Takeover Courtesy Consumer Advocate Free Press

While the government remains caught between two very separate sides of the AT&T takeover of T-Mobile, consumer advocate group Free Press is continuing its approach of debunking AT&T’s argument that the takeover is necessary. In fact they’ve compiled a list of 5 myths tackling a number of AT&T’s core arguments that attempt to show that AT&T would be able or is already able to achieve the stated goals it has said it needs … [read full article]

Sprint Receives Subpoenas From Nine States Over T-Mobile Deal

While Sprint may be at the forefront of the AT&T/T-Mobile opposition they aren’t alone in facing scrutiny from the government over the deal. It’s been confirmed via Reuters that Sprint has received subpoenas from nine states in connection with the anti-trust review of AT&T’s takeover of T-Mobile. A letter dated June 28th to the FCC Sprint stated it had received the subpoenas and civil investigation demands for all the materials it has … [read full article]

Groups Seek Public Hearings From FCC Regarding AT&T/T-Mobile Takeover

In a letter to the FCC a number of consumer activist and watchdog groups requested that public hearings be held across the country to “hear from the people who could be most affected by the merger.” Groups including Consumers Union and Public Knowledge (we love them) sent the letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski expressing the deal as “a matter of great public concern.” Other groups who lent support to the letter … [read full article]

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]

T-Mobile Comments on New FCC Filings, Calls Opponents Ostriches

AT&T and T-Mobile are at it again, defending their stance on the would be merger, pending an official decision.  AT&T’s Wayne Watts continues to suggest that the merger is on track to be approved by Mach 2012, no matter the outcry from competitors and individuals.  Tom Sugrue, T-Mobile’s Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, was even reported as saying: “The opponents of the AT&T/T-Mobile merger have had their final say as part … [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 Files Public Statement With AT&T Supporting T-Mobile Deal As Promised

After yesterdays statement via their company blog AT&T followed through on their promise to file a public statement supporting their AT&T takeover with the FCC. The filing once again drives home the belief that this transaction gives AT&T and T-Mobile customers “the network capacity they need to enjoy the full promise of the broadband revolution.” Wayne Watts, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel had this to say about the … [read full article]