Tag Archives: DOJ

Deutsche Telekom Says “Plan B” Available Should AT&T Deal Fall Through

Deutsche Telekom Chief Technology Officer Olivier Baujard speaking at the Broadboand World Forum Conference in Paris Wednesday reiterated his company’s position of faith that the AT&T deal will go through. Deutsche Telekom is already preparing how to spend the influx of cash received from the AT&T deal in order to bolster their German business as well grow in emerging European markets. Taking his talk a step further Baujard said that as any company … [read full article]

AT&T Files Motions To Dimiss Sprint, C Spire Lawsuits, Puerto Rico Backs Department Of Justice

AT&T is up to its old tricks as it has asked a federal judge to throw out the lawsuit Cellular South has filed in order to block the proposed takeover of AT&T. AT&T argues that Cellular South’s concerns are more about blocking competition and pursuing their own interests than acting in good faith for their customers. AT&T is making the very same argument with regards to Sprint’s lawsuit attempting to block … [read full article]

Verizon CEO Says Yes To AT&T/T-Mobile Deal While AT&T Says Sprint Has Ulterior Motives

Speaking at a Goldman Sachs investor conference, Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam defended the AT&T/T-mobile deal and highlighted an understanding over the industry’s spectrum crunch. “I have taken the position that the AT&T merger with T-Mobile was kind of like gravity,” McAdam said. “It had to occur, because you had a company with T-Mobile that had the spectrum but didn’t have the capital to build it out. AT&T needed the spectrum, they didn’t have … [read full article]

Judge Sets Court Date For AT&T vs Department Of Justice Showdown

We had a pretty good idea going into today that the AT&T/Department of Justice pre-hearing appearance before the Judge wasn’t going to yield much more than a court date. That’s exactly what happened as U.S. District Judge Ellen Huvelle set aside six weeks for the non-jury trial set to take place on February 13th, 2012. The date falls right in the middle of the governments hope for a March 19th trial date … [read full article]

Analysts See AT&T/T-Mobile Network Sharing If Deal Isn’t Approved

We await the outcome of this afternoon court hearing and AT&T’s efforts to do all it can to get an early hearing date to salvage it’s proposed T-Mobile acquisition. However, if the deal falls through, collapses or is outright rejected a Reuters suggest analysts expect that both AT&T and T-Mobile will try and strike a network-sharing arrangement which would work around the regulatory heat that surrounds this deal and give each company … [read full article]

Justice Department Won’t Tell Lawmakers Why It Opposes AT&T Deal, AT&T Gears Up For Round 2

While AT&T, DT and the Justice Department are all expected in court for a pre-trial scheduling conference today, Reuters is reporting that the Justice Department has decided it doesn’t need to explain its decision to bring a lawsuit forward to stop the AT&T/T-Mobile deal. In a letter sent Monday to House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fed Upton, the Department of Justice said it could not disclose non-public information while the … [read full article]

(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 … [read full article]

Cellular South Files Anti-Trust Lawsuit, Sues To Block AT&T Takeover Of T-Mobile

Following Sprint’s and the Department of Justice lead, regional carrier Cellular South has filed an anti-trust lawsuit hoping to block AT&T’s takeover of T-Mobile USA. According to Eric Graham, Cellular South Vice President for Strategic and Government relations a combined AT&T/T-Mobile would “substantially lesson competition” and “essentially consolidate the market into the hands of the ‘Big Two’ AT&T and Verizon.” Additionally, the carrier believes that higher roaming fees will result, innovation … [read full article]

AT&T Says Keep Your Rate Plan, Even When Your Contract Expires

While AT&T awaits FCC approval, DOJ lawsuits and a host of contentious members of the political machine they are still trying to win over the T-Mobile customer. As of September 16th T-Mobile updated their internal FAQ for employees regarding possible customers question surrounding rate plans changing post-AT&T takeover. A small addendum might help allay the fears of some T-Mobile customers who are fearful that their rate plans will disappear. We’ve … [read full article]

AT&T Talking To Rivals About Asset Sales To Save T-Mobile Deal?

An early morning Bloomberg report indicates that AT&T has already begun approaching its smaller rivals including MetroPCS and Leap to sell both spectrum and customers in an attempt to save its T-Mobile deal. Along with its smaller rivals the Bloomberg report also indicates AT&T has reached out to CenturyLink Inc., Dish Network and Sprint to also determine their interest level in possibly acquiring assets in order for AT&T to push their deal … [read full article]