AT&T goes on the offensive, calls FCC report an "advocacy piece"
posted by Scott H. / Dec 01, 2011, 2:49 PM
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.
source: AT&T via Engadget
Posts: 98; Member since: Oct 20, 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 Dec 01, 2011, 5:31 PM 3
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wait can someone explain the pic lol i feel dumb asking but i don't get it haha
posted on Dec 01, 2011, 5:44 PM 0
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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 Dec 01, 2011, 8:57 PM 1
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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 Dec 01, 2011, 9:49 PM 1
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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 Dec 02, 2011, 9:10 AM 0
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