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(Updated With FCC Statement, Full Text Of DOJ Statement) Department Of Justice Moving To Block AT&T/T-Mobile Takeover

Updated: Thisismynext received a statement from FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and it’s not looking good for AT&T: By filing suit today, the Department of Justice has concluded that AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile would substantially lessen competition in violation of the antitrust laws. Competition is an essential component of the FCC’s statutory public interest analysis, and although our process is not complete, the record before this agency also raises serious concerns about the … [read full article]

AT&T To Add 5,000 Customer Service Jobs Upon Completion Of T-Mobile Deal

AT&T is taking the large step of making some significant promises regarding jobs pending the conclusion of the T-Mobile takeover talks with a pledge to create 5,000 wireless call center jobs in the US. AT&T is pledging to bring these jobs back home away from outsourced countries and bring the jobs back to the United States. AT&T says that these new 5,000 wireless call center jobs will be offer highly competitive wages … [read full article]

Deutsche Telekom Says T-Mobile USA Staff Cuts Not Related To AT&T Talks

With the FCC restarting the clock that continues the approval process for AT&T’s takeover of T-Mobile USA, Deutsche Telekom is defending recent job cuts and insisting the AT&T deal has nothing to do with said job cuts. In the past few months Deutsche Telekom has cut almost 2,600 jobs at T-Mobile USA call centers calling that a natural “fluctuation” in their staff count. “We have not carried out any measures to … [read full article]

FCC Restarts The AT&T/T-Mobile Shot Clock, Begins Day 83 Of 180 Day Review

The FCC has restarted the shot clock on the informal 180-day clock and continues to consider AT&T’s proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA. The FCC had previously stopped the clock July 21st stating that AT&T had indicated it wished to transmit reviewed models to help further support the carriers positions. A letter form the FCC said it had” received AT&T’s answers to our specific questions as well as AT&T’s confirmation that it … [read full article]

Leak Shows Confidential AT&T LTE And T-Mobile Takeover Plans

Last weeks accidentally leaked document posted on the FCC website by the law firm employed by AT&T was taken down as fast as it was put up and unintentionally revealed some of AT&T’s LTE plans including the cost for AT&T to build out from its 80% “this is all we can afford to build” claim to the 97% it wishes to build. What fun would it be if the entire document didn’t … [read full article]

AT&T Sues To Stop Merger-Blocking Arbitration Efforts

AT&T continues its road to world domination by filing eight federal lawsuits aimed at blocking a law firm’s attempt to stop the T-Mobile takeover via arbitration. The lawsuits were filed in response to a Bursor & Fisher law firm signing up over 1,000 customers looking to block the deal using the arbitration clause in the customer contract. AT&T says that the arbitration clause in its contract cannot be used for efforts … [read full article]

AT&T Hires Bankers To Help It Prepare To Divest Assets For T-Mobile Deal

AT&T has begun the process of hiring bankers that will advise the company on how to sell assets in a move to ensure that they will will receive a government stamp for the takeover of T-Mobile USA. AT&T has brought on Bank of America Merrill Lynch to work on lining up potential buyers for customers and wireless spectrum AT&T will likely need to divest to win approval. AT&T has stated … [read full article]

FCC Will Combine AT&T’s Qualcomm And T-Mobile Bids Together For Review

The Federal Communications Commission informed AT&T late Monday afternoon that it would combine its reviews of the proposed T-Mobile buyout along with their purchase of the 700MHz wireless spectrum currently held by Qualcomm. In a letter issued by the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau the FCC concluded that enough evidence was presented that the ramifications of both deals are related and that they should be considered at the same time.  “The Commission’s ongoing review … [read full article]

Cablevision Wants T-Mobile Partnership, End To AT&T Talks

Cablevision, the 8th largest cable provider in the United States has come out in opposition of the T-Mobile/AT&T takeover talks with the hope it would be able to partner with T-Mobile as a cellular network partner. Cablevision declared their standing in a filing with the FCC arguing against the AT&T deal noting that Cablevision would be deprived of it’s best potential partner. “Cablevision has been actively exploring expanding its mobile Wi-Fi service … [read full article]

Senator Al Franken Says AT&T/T-Mobile Deal Will Kill Competition, T-Mobile Says Nuh Uh

While Senator Herb Kohl has already come out in opposition of the proposed AT&T/T-Mobile takeover, his colleague Senator Al Franken has now responded in his own 24-page letter to the Justice Department and FCC. “The merger of AT&T and T-Mobile would be a major step towards the creation of an entrenched duopoly in the wireless industry,” Franken writes in a 24-page letter to the Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission. “It … [read full article]