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AT&T goes on the offensive, calls FCC report an "advocacy piece"

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AT&T goes on the offensive, calls FCC report an
Do you wonder if AT&T is chaffing after the not-so-supportive FCC Staff Analysis was made public? Wonder no more, as Jim Cicconi, AT&T’s VP of External & Legislative Affairs hsa posted on AT&T's website what can most charitably be described as a “terse” response to the FCC report.

AT&T’s reply, descriptively labeled “AT&T Response to FCC Staff Report” wastes no time in attacking the FCC, often with a vicious (and presumably unintentional) sense of irony. It decries the entirety of the process, labeling the staff report as so biased that “any fair-minded person” would view it as an “advocacy piece” rather than an objective regulatory analysis.

To prove this “clear bias” AT&T sites the claims it provided to the FCC on jobs and competition; you know, the claims that failed to convince the FCC the first time around, and the same claims that didn't deter the Department of Justice from launching a lawsuit to try and block the deal. Worse, although AT&T’s lists many rebuttal claims, they don’t link to any content. The result is that a “fair-minded” reader is not allowed to make up his or her own mind, being left with nothing but AT&T’s assertion that their claims successfully contradict the FCC’s findings.

Despite the FCC allowing AT&T to remove its takeover bid (which then preserves AT&T’s right to try again with a new plan if they manage to win the DoJ lawsuit) AT&T says the entire process had been biased start to finish, in particular criticizing the FCC for releasing the staff report at all, which the FCC says it did in the interest of public transparency.

The release of the unfavorable FCC report probably will not aid AT&T as it attempts a hail marry pass to find a way to resurrect the T-Mobile acquisition, and it’s understandable that AT&T would hope to sway public opinion. What's much less clear is whether a vitriolic diatribe like this is the best way to help themselves.

AT&T goes on the offensive, calls FCC report an "advocacy piece"


source: AT&T via Engadget

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posted on 01 Dec 2011, 15:17

1. vvelez5 (Posts: 623; Member since: 29 Jan 2011)


And we're off with at least 100 comments. I LOL'd at the shoop.

posted on 01 Dec 2011, 15:17 3

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


on a side note.. that pic is funny. :)

posted on 01 Dec 2011, 16:09 2

3. JGuinan007 (Posts: 605; Member since: 19 May 2011)


THAT PIC IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 01 Dec 2011, 16:21

4. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


yeah nice pic !!!

posted on 01 Dec 2011, 17:31 3

5. denney (Posts: 98; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


I really don't see what AT&Ts angle is. It's not like the FCC has anything to gain by stopping the merger. Why would AT&T state that the FCC is the bad guy? They're just doing their job.

posted on 01 Dec 2011, 18:14 1

7. Simba501 (Posts: 27; Member since: 06 Jul 2011)


Agreed

posted on 01 Dec 2011, 21:48 1

10. networkdood (Posts: 5507; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


FCC is influenced by certain political groups and/or politicians. DO not believe for another minute, otherwise.

posted on 01 Dec 2011, 17:44

6. issa8 (Posts: 54; Member since: 26 Jul 2011)


wait can someone explain the pic lol i feel dumb asking but i don't get it haha

posted on 01 Dec 2011, 18:43

8. GoodFella (Posts: 112; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


I don't even like starwars and I get it...lol

posted on 01 Dec 2011, 20:57 1

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


anyone who doesnt know where that pic came from needs like 300 floggings.

next you will tell me you dont know the answer to life, the universe, and everything.

posted on 01 Dec 2011, 23:46

13. biophone (Posts: 1884; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Who is considered the death star at&t or the FCC.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 06:51 1

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


ATT, u can tell by the blue striping. its a close up of the "att death star" moniker they always use.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 04:24

14. issa8 (Posts: 54; Member since: 26 Jul 2011)


sorry i'm too busy like having a life and being tan and stuff

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 06:52

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


lol. yea. such a great life, you come to a phone forum to brag about it. lol.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 11:04

18. issa8 (Posts: 54; Member since: 26 Jul 2011)


dude im kidding sarcasm relax

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 13:22

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


any more relaxed and id be jello... hey that sounds like fun! :)

posted on 01 Dec 2011, 21:49 1

11. networkdood (Posts: 5507; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


So, our government signed NAFTA and did not mind losing 4 million jobs since that signing, and yet, there main excuse for non-approval is loss of 20k jobs, maybe, more or less? Yep, that makes perfect sense.

posted on 01 Dec 2011, 21:52 1

12. networkdood (Posts: 5507; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Well, the FCC has 4 years to free up more spectrum for businesses to use - I wonder if they will drag out that process until the last second.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 09:10

17. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 787; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)


Would anybody really be surprised by a biased FCC with this administration?

My biggest problem with this is how so many people simply hear about about this AT&T buyout plan and immediately, without any knowledge whatsoever, come to the conclusion that it has to be stopped. Read about what each side is trying to gain from this, like how AT&T wants T-Mobile's network for its LTE deployment, and how T-Mobile wants to unload a loser and walk away with a smaller loss on its investment. Then make an opinion.

Something interesting to think about is whether or not there would be more job losses if T-Mobile went bankrupt, or if AT&T bought them out.

posted on 02 Dec 2011, 15:45

20. downphoenix (Posts: 2232; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


The thing is, AT&T has the spectrum needed to expand its network, and the cost to do so is about 1/10th the cost to buy T-Mobile. So its just to eliminate competition, nothing else.

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