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AT&T files statement with the FCC supporting its acquisition of T-Mobile

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AT&T files statement with the FCC supporting its acquisition of T-Mobile
On Friday, AT&T filed a statement with the FCC detailing reasons why the agency should allow the acquisition of T-Mobile to proceed. Among the reasons cited by the carrier in support of the $39 billion deal is that it would promote economic growth and add jobs to the economy. The carrier said that by acquiring T-Mobile, competition and innovation would be promoted and the wireless market would remain "vibrantly competitive". According to the filing, 75% of Americans can choose from one of five mobile carriers. And because AT&T and T-Mobile USA have "uniquely complementary networks and spectrum positions", the combined company will have greater capacity than if the pre-buyout pipelines of both companies were combined.

AT&T also aimed some words directly at Sprint CEO Dan Hesse. The executive warned that the AT&T-T-Mobile combination would "stifle innovation". In response, AT&T said that the combined spectrum position of Sprint and Clearwire (majority owned by Sprint) is "far stronger" than AT&T's current position. According to AT&T, Clearwire has the best spectrum position in the business, a situation which would not change from the AT&T-T-Mobile deal. And that does not even include additional spectrum owned by Sprint.

The entire filing to the FCC can be viewed with confidential information redacted by clicking on the source link.

source: AT&T/T-Mobile via BGR

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posted on 11 Jun 2011, 20:23 1

1. Carlos (unregistered)


Ooof nice come back ATT, lol I wonder what sprint say now, they got caught in a bad position.

posted on 11 Jun 2011, 22:36 3

2. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Idiot, think about what would happen if AT&Tmobile became one, they'd be the only GSM carrier in the US and it'd make them the largest wireless provider in the US. They would virtually become a monopoly

posted on 12 Jun 2011, 02:57 4

5. lolz (unregistered)


+1

Not only that, but they can set roaming prices anyway they like. No other GSM carrier to offer an alternative.

Mind you that no merger in the history of all mergers, CREATED jobs.
On the contrary it consolidated services of the merged companies, and CUT excess jobs to reclaim as much of invested money in the shortest time interval.
After all, shareholders and investors want their profit margins high at any expense.

It's a brave new world.

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 10:37

16. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


id like to know how this is going to GROW jobs because there is going to be a large contingent of people from ATT and Tmobile that are going to be let go during the merger because of all the store and customer service overlap. They arent keeping everyone on either side.

posted on 12 Jun 2011, 00:55 1

3. bossmt_2 (Posts: 429; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)


There's no way the FCC can allow this to happen. Everyone talks about how VZW doesn't care, there's a reason for this cause this will insure that without a doubt that they can go out and buy Sprint and if the FCC stops it they have precedent.

posted on 12 Jun 2011, 01:38 2

4. snowgator (Posts: 3188; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


First of all,@bossmt_2 - with respect to your opinion, I can not see one scenario in which Verizon ends up controlling Sprint. Unlike T-Mobile, which is owned by an overseas company, has consistently lost customers and sales, and has seen a shrinking bottom line every quarter since the dinosaurs died and the Earth cooled, Sprint is it's own entity, sits at 55 million customers and growing, has seen it's profits grow every quarter for two years give or take, has controlling interest in it's own 4G network, is shedding the Nextal anchor and freeing up more spectrum, and just generally is doing a real good job positioning itself for the future market. Besides, Verizon is sitting at close to 100 million subscribers without any help, has the iPhone, a great relationship with Motorola for top shelf devices, and are leading the way to LTE 4G. They are not scared of big, bad AT&T.

Secondly, I just can not see this merger not happening. All they have to prove is that there is not a monopoly in any area as a result of this merger, and that competition can still grow after the merger. With Verizon, Sprint, and all the regional carriers out there, that is an easy sell. I do not think it is good, but ain't nobody asking me. I just hope T-Mobile customers take advantage of the plans now and force AT&T to eat some profit.

posted on 12 Jun 2011, 09:33 1

6. TKFox007 (Posts: 303; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)


That letter to the FCC is the biggest pack of lies I've ever seen. They're not going to create jobs, they're going to fire every single T-Mobile employee.

posted on 12 Jun 2011, 11:25 1

7. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5534; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


AT&T-Mobile is just hoping that lies repeated often enough will be confused for the truth. No where in their statement do they provide supporting facts to back up their assertions.

posted on 12 Jun 2011, 11:33 2

8. iami (unregistered)


The merge will def cause people to lose jobs. I have a few friends who work for tmobile corporate and tmobile employees where already told what there severiance packages would be if the transitions goes threw. Hmm yet more jobs are gonna be created lol

posted on 12 Jun 2011, 15:21

10. DOGIEFRESH (Posts: 302; Member since: 15 Jul 2009)


I wonder why all of you didn't say any word when sprint place a bid for tmo......besides ATT becomes the largest GSM carrier in the US why you all should care since everybody in this web pages says CDMA is much better and VZ and Sprint are the best carriers with the best technollogy......!!!!

posted on 12 Jun 2011, 15:39

11. Da Beast (unregistered)


Thats because the Sprint/T-Mobile deal would've combined the 2 smallest of the "Big 4" which would have made it a "Big 3" with Verizon, AT&T and "SprinT-Mobile" each having approx. 100M customers each as opposed to Verizon & AT&T-Mobile having 100M+ customers and Sprint with 50M. Also, there would only be 1 major GSM carrier in the US as opposed to CDMA(Verizon), GSM(AT&T), and GSM/CDMA(SprinT-Mobile). With no major competition to challenge it, AT&T-Mobile can charge whatever they want for GSM and that's why most people are pissed.

posted on 12 Jun 2011, 17:59

12. DOGIEFRESH (Posts: 302; Member since: 15 Jul 2009)


That's not an issue, the thing is Sprint and Tmo are totally different technollogies and from past experiences try to integrates those 2 will not work simple as that, remember what happened with Nextel......Sprint totally screw the carrier in to a point that soon will disapear and with a possible Tmo buy out you can expect nothing but the same from Sprint.....!!!!!!

posted on 12 Jun 2011, 21:23

14. Da Beast (unregistered)


There will be no technology issues this time. Sprint is rumored to be in talks with LightSquared for LTE tech and T-Mobile has stated in the past that they would transition to LTE. I think that they learned from that situation and would've been able to better manage this time around. Once again, that would level the playing field for Sprint when all major carriers eventually switch to LTE.

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 09:11

15. kcombs (Posts: 245; Member since: 15 Dec 2010)


I think a lot of people are not wanting this to go through just because it's at&t, if you look back on history of our wireless industry you will see, Bell Atlantic merged with GTE on June 30, 2000 and changed its name to Verizon Communications. And It was among the largest mergers in United States business history. and don't forget 55% of Verizon is owned by Vodafone. if it wasn't for the Cingular AT&T merger in 2004 they would still dominate the US wireless market.

posted on 14 Jun 2011, 11:04

17. Yo (unregistered)


Come on people. Of course they're going to create more jobs... just not as many as they're going to cut. Lol.

Everyone isn't stupid AT&T.

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