Tag Archives: FCC

FCC Stops Shot Clock On Merger Talks

  Okay, Okay, so it’s not an actual shot clock, but the FCC has stopped it anyways.  The backstory is that the FCC normally gives 180 days to complete merger reviews, and they just stopped the T-Mobile and AT&T one at 83 days.  Stopping it isn’t a big deal, it has been done before, but the reason is very important.  In this case, they are stopping it to allow AT&T time to rework … [read full article]

AT&T Still Confident About Acquisition

In short, AT&T had an earnings report today and had a few statements regarding the process of the merger.  Wayne Watts, of AT&T, told those listening in that they are still confident that the merger will be approved by the FCC and DOJ in the first quarter of 2012.  Specifically, AT&T “remain[s] confident that [they] can satisfy the FCC and DOJ.”  So nothing has really changed.  In other news, that’s … [read full article]

(Updated, AT&T Too) T-Mobile Responds to Senator Kohl

  Well that was fast.  Not long after Senator Kohl spoke against the merger T-Mobile issues an open letter in response.  With a shake of their head and wag of their finger, T-Mobile says they are disappointed and disagree with his analysis.  Here is the entire response: “We are disappointed to learn of the position taken by Sen. Kohl on the proposed merger between AT&T and T-Mobile USA. While we have a great deal of … [read full article]

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]

HTC Marvel Passes FCC With AWS Bands On Board

We’ve had the HTC Marvel marked down for a T-Mobile arrival since back in early May and now thanks to a recent FCC passing all signs point in the right direction. Listed only as model number PG76240 the device supports T-Mobile’s HSPA+ frequencies exactly as expected. Of course the FCC listing doesn’t give up much in the way of technical details but we anticipate an 800 Mhz snapdragon processor, 3.2″ screen. … [read full article]

HTC Evo 3D Passes FCC With T-Mobile AWS Bands On Board?

The EVO 3D you might have been keeping an eye on as it made its way to Sprint might just be hitting Magenta as well. Of course an FCC passing doesn’t equal an actual carrier arrival but it certainly gives us reason to believe such a thing might happen. While the EVO line has been Sprint only thus far the EVO 3D on T-Mobile would mark a big break from a line of … [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]

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]