STOP the AT&T/ T-Mobile Merger
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STOP the AT&T/ T-Mobile Merger

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      Levin Manabat

      Portland, OR

We need more competition not less. With the AT&T/ T-Mobile merger it prevents less innovation, less competition, less value for your money, less providers, loss of jobs in the US and more. We need this to stop!!! Please sign this petition to stop this merger.

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    1. T-Mobile Lost 50,000 More Subscribers In Q2 2011

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      Article is stating Deutsche Telekom has said it's unwilling to invest further in T-Mobile USA, leaving it hamstrung as AT&T and Verizon Wireless, the largest U.S. carriers, build faster wireless data networks.

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      Opposition To AT&T/T-Mobile Deal Grows
      By David, Managing Editor May 31, 2011 3:43 pm EST 94 Comments

      After last weeks Congressional hearing on the proposed AT&T purchase of T-Mobile it was clear that even partisan lines weren’t stopping a laundry list of concerns from being presented. A rising number of states are already expressing concerns over the proposed deal, most recently California who saw their state utility commission vote 5-0 in favor of investigating possible implications. Analysts are backtracking on their bets that the deal will be approved with many stating that AT&T’s “orchestrated launch” and “control of the story” is gone with many questioning just how good this deal is for the wireless market.

      Antitrust experts continue to believe the deal will not be approved because of it will substantially less competition in the wireless industry. While AT&T expects it will have to divest some assets the question remains can AT&T do enough to persuade the Justice Department that the deal should move forward. In order to face the continued question as to what this deal means for industry price AT&T has brought on economic consultants including Navigant Economics. Navigant has found that AT&T and T-Mobile have two very “different classes of customer that rarely overlap.” T-Mobile “aggressively courted value-seeking clients looking for cheap phones and no-frills service, and so had relatively few handsets that could compete with AT&T’s high-end offerings such as the iPhone.”

      There is some hope in the notion that the Justice Department has showed it’s willingness to block deals lately that would integrate the market horizontally. Examples of the blockage of H&R Block buying 2nd Story Software maker of H&R Block competitor TaxACT and Verifone from purchasing Hypercom leaving one major supplier of point-of-sale units.

      It’s by no means a done deal for AT&T and they still have a large and uphill battle to fight as more states continue to prepare their own investigations and with members of Congress moving beyond party lines to question the necessity of this proposed arrangement. Let’s hope that the Justice Department and the FCC find plenty more reason to believe that AT&T isn’t deserving of Magenta.

      Wall Street Journal

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      Sprint Formally Files Their Opposition To AT&T/T-Mobile Deal With FCC
      By David, Managing Editor May 31, 2011 10:27 pm EST 68 Comments

      Sprint has undoubtedly made their position known on the proposed combination of AT&T and T-Mobile but they have officially submitted their formal request to deny the takeover to the FCC. Sprint came to the conclusion that the “proposed acquisition cannot be remedied through divestitures or conditions,” and urges the FCC to block the transaction. Inside their filing Sprint focused on three main points as to why the proposed merger should be blocked:

      The proposed T-Mobile takeover would harm the broadband economy, competition and consumers.
      The proposed T-Mobile takeover would harm innovation and investment.
      The proposed T-Mobile takeover has no public interest benefit.
      While it’s obvious that Sprint has their own strategic interests in mind they make a fairly compelling argument. In this case Sprint may be a competitor but they are also interested in keeping competition alive and we have to agree that this deal has no public benefit interest. For AT&T this deal is business transaction and the idea that they will finally be able to cover rural areas is nice but the reality is it’s simply the way they make the deal sound really good.

      This quote from the Sprint press release regarding their filing really sums it all up:

      In its filing, Sprint states that the choice is very clear: The proposed transaction must be blocked. The transaction would harm consumers, competition and the American economy as the Twin Bells would not be deterred from increasing prices and reducing consumer choice in wireless devices, applications and services where they control approximately 80 percent of the wireless industry revenue. The proposed transaction would produce no tangible public interest benefits and would impose serious anti-competitive harms that cannot be remedied through divestitures or conditions. The Commission should reject the acquisition outright.

      Check out the full press release available at Sprint or head on over the FCC and prepare to read 370+ pages.

      Sprint

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      Will AT&T Honor T-Mobile Dealer Agreements Or Leave Them Out In The Cold?
      By David, Managing Editor June 3, 2011 2:06 pm EST 63 Comments

      T-Mobile dealers are feeling the heat over a potential AT&T/T-Mobile dealer with serious concerns about roaming and partnerships after a deal has gone through. In a filing with the FCC, Iowa Wireless Services, 54% owned by T-Mobile makes its case that it simply doesn’t trust AT&T regarding the effects of the merger on their business.

      “Iowa Wireless has not been able to obtain any information regarding how—if at all—AT&T will incorporate Iowa Wireless into its long-term plans, nor has Iowa Wireless been able to determine what impact, if any, the transaction will have on Iowa Wireless’s rural customers with respect to continued network access at reasonable rates,” the company writes.

      The problem isn’t a lack of communication between AT&T and Iowa Wireless Services, it’s the latter company’s doubts on how far AT&T will go to follow through with their words.

      “AT&T has recently communicated to Iowa Wireless that AT&T will, consistent with its practice in similar transactions, honor any contractual and legal obligations arising out of the T-Mobile acquisition,” the smaller carrier writes.

      Iowa Wireless Services faces a number of concerns over the deal especially considering AT&T’s pledge to shutdown T-Mobile’s 3G network to re-farm that spectrum for LTE leaving Iowa Wireless customers stranded. Doing so would actually lead to less spectrum and less broadband in rural areas according to Iowa Wireless Services going against a major selling point for AT&T on the deal. Going so far to say that some rural carriers haven’t started to deploy wireless broadband in their communities because of concerns over what AT&T plans to do with T-Mobile spectrum.

      The bottom line here seems to be that AT&T is spending more time reaching out to unions and groups that don’t really have any standing to lose by supporting this deal like the Filipino American Arts Exposition or the National Latina Business Women’s Association. Two fine groups to be sure but what do they have invested in AT&T or T-Mobile? The people they aren’t asking about the deal, those who whose livelihoods depend on T-Mobile’s existence are of course having their opinions and questions ignored by the AT&T machine.

      Daniel Burke, a major T-Mobile dealer in the Boston Area which sells under the name Custom Wireless Brands sums this all up quite well has signed multi-year contracts with T-mobile and AT&T hasn’t given him any sense as to whether or not they will continue to honor them.

      “As a small business owner and operator of one of the largest T-Mobile dealerships in New England, the Acquisition represents the likely demise of a business I have invested considerable time and resources to build over the last 12-plus years,” Burke writes.

      But hey, the deal is supposed to create jobs right? RIGHT?

      Big thanks to Sascha Segan over at PCMag for bringing this to light.

      PCMag

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      AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega Live At All Things Digital Event
      By David, Managing Editor June 2, 2011 5:43 pm EST 121 Comments

      The D9 conference currently being held in California saw some tough questioning from hosts Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher who put AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega in the hot seat. Walt and Kara really took it to de la Vega and pushed him to answer questions regarding AT&T’s network quality and why they should be trusted with T-Mobile and therefore running the nations largest wireless network. We followed the live blog from the boys over at and found some choice quotes to give you an idea as to what went down:

      Walt asked: “Why should we believe that AT&T is competent enough to manage the biggest carrier in the US, reducing the competition when you are constantly rated at one of the worst services.”
      De la Vega responded: AT&T isn’t happy about the situation and they take it seriously and they are trying to improve on it and they’ve done much better in the last two years. The explosion in data growth is bigger than anything the world has ever seen and with more smartphones than any other carrier customers are using more data.
      Mossberg continued to push the issue that customers in areas like San Francisco and New York City aren’t happy with AT&T no matter the commitments they’ve made to make the service better.
      De la Vega compares MetroPCS numbers to AT&T and I think he is delusional to believe they are competitive. He clearly is avoiding the point Walt is trying to make…that AT&T already has a huge marketshare.
      AT&T understands the opposition to deal but believes the choice to purchase T-Mobile is best for all parties.
      De la Vega continues to impress on the idea that Sprint will be fine and says they can purchase Clearwire and Walt hits back by calling him on the idea that the Sprint CEO left the Clearwire board and that they are competitors.
      De la Vega says in the last 10 years the prices of wireless service have dropped more than 50% and Mossberg responds by saying his bill hasn’t gone down. The crowd gasped at that one.
      Question from the audience asked about AT&T keeping T-Mobile’s UMA/Wi-Fi calling service and De la Vega said they are very interested in it but they are not allowed to look at the data for it until the merger is done.
      De la Vega says if the merger doesn’t go through AT&T can still deploy LTE to more than 80% of the country, 97% with T-Mobile. Why on earth are we letting AT&T gobble up a competitor for 17%???????
      I highly suggest you take a look at the Thisismynext live blog linked at the end of the post and get the full breakdown of todays interview. The embedded video handles the Walt Mossberg question regarding AT&T’s ability to handle a combined T-Mobile and AT&T network. It’s pretty great!

      Thisismynext, All Things Digital

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      AT&T Commercial Says They Are Planning To Combine With T-Mobile
      By David, Managing Editor June 6, 2011 12:02 pm EST 100 Comments

      It’s not like AT&T’s proposed merger of T-Mobile is a big secret so this commercial isn’t in any way a surprise though the leaving out of any T-Mobile logo is. That not withstanding quite a few of you have already caught this during the NBA Finals, Nascar races or various other times during the day but for some reason it has yet to appear on AT&T’s own YouTube page. It’s a pretty simple commercial that explains AT&T wants to provide more coverage, do more things and overall be the best company they can be. The reality is AT&T can’t manage their own network now (thanks Walt) so forgive our skepticism they can do so after they pick up T-Mobile’s network. Guess time will tell if they get the chance to try.

      Thanks a million to @inuyasha1999 for hooking up the video!

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      FCC Asks Most Major US Wireless Carriers To Fill Questionnaire Regarding AT&T/T-Mobile
      By David, Managing Editor June 6, 2011 5:05 pm EST 55 Comments

      The FCC has sent formal requests to most of the major players in the US wireless market place asking them to complete a questionnaire regarding the proposed AT&T/T-Mobile acquisition. The FCC asks:

      “In order for the Commission to complete its review of the [merger] and make the necessary public interest findings … we require written responses, supporting documentation, and data, as applicable from other commercial wireless carriers against which the applicants compete.”

      The nine question survey covers information such as coverage maps, future network expansion plans, cell site ownership and existing agreements with AT&T, spectrum outlook for the next 5 years, competitive reports on how they respond to the actions of other carriers and current billing data. It’ll be interesting to see how the carriers respond to this and they have till June 20th to do their best or worst. I bet Sprint is foaming at the mouth for this opportunity.

      Phonescoop via FCC, Questionnaire

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      Microsoft, Facebook Among Eight Technology Companies Supporting AT&T/T-Mobile Merger
      By David, Managing Editor June 7, 2011 9:14 am EST Comments (212)

      Microsoft joined with Facebook and 6 other technology companies in a filing to the FCC last night in a statement of support for the AT&T/T-Mobile merger. The deals supporters include Yahoo, Oracle, Research in Motion and VC firms Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Sequoia Partners. Their argument is pretty much summed up by saying that the proposed deal is the best way for AT&T to expand their network capacity in order to serve a larger portion of America with high-speed wireless services.

      “The FCC must seriously weigh the benefits of this merger and approve it,” the companies write. “Such action will help to meet the near term wireless broadband needs of consumers and ensure that we are globally competitive as the world increasingly embraces wireless broadband connectivity.”

      I do understand why these companies feel the need to put forth such a letter and yet they are both well served by AT&T and T-Mobile separately as much as they would be together and given AT&T’s current record of network management, I’m still skeptical (and so should they) that AT&T can properly build a network that could serve 97% of Americans with LTE. Research in Motion should be much more concerned about keeping their own company from getting gobbled up or disappearing as competitors continue to pull away mores than they should be worried about this proposed deal. And while I’m sure this will give AT&T a needed boost in their “we’ve got real support” as opposed to the small foundations they’ve been touting as vocal supporters they should be focused on the task at hand, improving coverage now.

      GeekWire

      Check the full text of the filing below:

      Julius Genachowski, Chairman
      Federal Communications Commission
      445 12th Street, SW
      Washington, D.C. 20554

      June 6, 2011

      WT 11-65: In the Matter of applications of AT&T Inc. and Deutsche Telekom AG for consent to assign or Transfer Control of licenses and Authorizations

      Dear Mr. Chairman,

      Today, consumers are increasingly using smart phones, tablets, laptops and other mobile devices to wirelessly connect to the Internet and to each other. We expect access to our content, information and services wherever we are. As a result, consumer demand for wireless broadband is dramatically increasing and our wireless networks are struggling to keep pace with the demand. Given the network capacity challenges, policymakers must give meaningful consideration to AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile as a means of addressing their near term wireless broadband capacity needs.

      Despite the network challenges presented by the surging consumer demand, the United States must continue to lead in wireless broadband technologies. U.S. companies are at the forefront of driving innovations in devices, applications and services and an ever evolving wireless network is essential to realizing new and innovative offerings. An increasingly robust and efficient wireless network is part of a virtuous innovation cycle and a healthy wireless ecosystem is an important part of our global competitiveness.

      AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile represents a near term means of addressing the rising consumer demand. For example, the merged company will be able to leverage a larger network of cell sites allowing greater reuse of spectrum and increasing the wireless broadband capacity of the network. Furthermore, AT&T has indicated that it will migrate the T-Mobile network to LTE technology and offer LTE-based wireless broadband to 97.3 percent of the U.S. population. AT&T has stated that its LTE deployment will bring significant benefits to residents of rural areas and smaller communities, where the benefits of real-time video and similar capabilities are most urgently needed to fill gaps in physical infrastructure for healthcare, education, and other social needs.

      The challenge of keeping pace with consumer demand and continuing to lead globally in wireless broadband services and products requires that we tackle the issue on multiple fronts. Many policy related efforts will not be able to quickly address near term capacity needs. The FCC must seriously weigh the benefits of this merger and approve it. Such action will help to meet the near term wireless broadband needs of consumers and ensure that we are globally competitive as the world increasingly embraces wireless broadband connectivity.

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      AT&T Posts Statement Regarding T-Mobile Buyout
      By David, Managing Editor June 9, 2011 10:06 pm EST 78 Comments

      Today’s AT&T/T-Mobile merger news comes via AT&T herself with a post on their Public Policy Blog titled “It is Much Easier to be Critical than to be Correct.” The blog post starts right off with a one two punch from AT&T promising this deal is necessary in order to give AT&T the necessary network capacity to work within the “broadband revolution.” AT&T of course claims that the capacity of the combined company will exceed that of the two companies working separately. AT&T promises that the winners will be the American consumer with extra capacity allowing for faster data speeds and fewer blocked/dropped calls.

      AT&T continues to emphasize their efforts to let everyone know this deal will allow them to bring their LTE network to 97% of Americans. That’s over 55 million more people than they would be able to do on their own. AT&T continues to push the rural coverage message which remains a big part of their lobbying effort to gain government approval.

      As we move further into AT&T’s lengthy blog post they work in some digs at Sprint all but calling their claims ridiculous. AT&T believes that while Sprint claims their opposition is due to a concern over a cut in output, raising prices and stopping innovation it’s actually for much different reasons. AT&T believes Sprint’s real motive in opposing the merger is to continue to compete against a “capacity-strained AT&T and a standalone T-Mobile USA that lacks financial backing from its parent and has no clear path to LTE.”

      Furthermore AT&T plans to lay out in a Joint Opposition filing with the FCC tomorrow the details of each major complaint lobbied against them:

      1) Network Capacity Crunch — AT&T says that contrary to the idea that their capacity issues can be solved without this transaction, they claim that they couldn’t make any kind of moves that would give them the same kind of capacity additions without this deal.

      2) Duopoly Myth — It is here that AT&T continues to claim the “duopoly” myth is exaggerated with at least 3/4 of Americans living in an area with a choice of at least 5 wireless providers.

      3) Contriving Conditions and Concessions — AT&T says that the proposals for possible concessions AT&T has to make in order to achieve regulatory approval such as concessions related to pricing, 700MHz handset interoperability, bill shock and early termination fees should not just be addressed in relation to their merger approval but as an industry.

      The entire post is an interesting read and a good look at the continued arguments AT&T will continue to provide while lobbying for government approval.

      AT&T

      Full Blog Post:

      There is one overarching imperative that drives this merger: giving AT&T and T-Mobile USA customers the network capacity they need to enjoy the full promise of the mobile broadband revolution. The combination of these two companies, and their uniquely complementary networks and spectrum holdings, will create new capacity – the functional equivalent of new spectrum – to handle rapidly escalating mobile data traffic. Indeed, the capacity of the combined company will exceed that of AT&T and T-Mobile operating separately.

      The winners will be America’s consumers because the extra capacity will enable us to offer them better service — faster data speeds and fewer dropped and blocked calls.

      And with the scale, spectrum, and other resources generated by this transaction, the combined company will be able to offer Long Term Evolution, or LTE — the premier next-generation wireless broadband technology — to an extra 55 million people and more than 97 percent of the U.S. population, all without reliance on government funds. And that is a big win for rural America because it gives those communities the same high quality broadband service that consumers in urban areas will receive. It also means more jobs and more investment.

      That investment will also be a win for the innovators in the high-tech industry, who need the bulked up infrastructure to support their next generation of bandwidth intensive applications and other innovative products and services.

      For these reasons, the transaction has drawn tremendous support from across the political and industrial landscape. Among the many supporters are labor unions, including the CWA, the AFL-CIO, the Teamsters and others representing nearly 17 million workers. No transaction before the FCC in recent memory has ever garnered such broad support from organized labor.

      This transaction has also received tremendous support from a broad cross-section of the high-tech community. These are the innovators whose very businesses depend on the availability of robust wireless platforms – and their support is a direct repudiation of claims that the transaction will harm competition, innovation and consumers. Indeed, the members of the high tech community are among the most sophisticated and informed users of wireless platforms; and they have a unique ability to speak to the merits of this transaction. They are the ones in the trenches every day investing, inventing and innovating. That so many of them voiced such strong support is compelling evidence of the transaction’s enormous economic and consumer benefits.

      Opposing this transaction are Sprint and a few other wireless competitors, along with the same inside-the-beltway special interest groups that reflexively oppose all mergers. They tried gamely last Tuesday to spin the transaction’s enormous benefits as anti-consumer, anti-innovation and anti-competition. But the fallacy of their opposition is easily unmasked. Why do Sprint and other wireless competitors oppose this transaction? Because they are worried, as they claim, that the combined company will cut output, raise prices and stop innovating? I don’t think so. Those consequences could only benefit these carriers as well as their shareholders.

      The reason they oppose the merger is because they would prefer to compete against a capacity-constrained AT&T and a standalone T-Mobile USA that lacks financial backing from its parent and has no clear path to LTE.

      But it’s not just that their arguments are transparently inconsistent with their motives. Motives aside, their arguments don’t stand up to scrutiny. In the Joint Opposition we will file tomorrow at the FCC, we dissect in detail each of the straw men they advanced.

      1) Network Capacity Crunch – Contrary to claims that our network capacity issues can be solved without this transaction, we detail the engineering principles that make the extraordinary capacity gains that the combination will yield possible – and nothing close to those gains would be possible without this transaction. In fact, AT&T is not only already doing the very things they claim we should be doing, but we are the industry leader in them. We have more Wi-Fi hotspots, for example, than any other carrier. And we are the only carrier that has created Wi-Fi hot zones in heavy use urban areas, like Times Square, to off-load traffic from our network. And when merger opponents say in one breath that we are not migrating our customers fast enough to LTE and in the next that we should repurpose the spectrum we are using for LTE to relieve congestion on our legacy networks, they lose all credibility.

      The bottom line is that the combined company will be able to offer more output and higher quality service – and that’s a good thing for consumers even if our competitors don’t like it. We also demonstrate that, by relieving AT&T and T-Mobile from capacity constraints, the merger will expand output, which economists recognize means lower, not higher, prices.

      2) The Duopoly Myth – From the beginning, merger opponents have ramped up the rhetoric, claiming, for example, that if this merger is approved, the wireless market will become a “duopoly.” The truth is that a “duopoly” signifies a market with only two sellers, and that is a flatly inapt description of the post-transaction U.S. wireless marketplace. Commission data shows that today ¾ of Americans have a choice of five or more wireless providers, so, at worst, after this merger they will have a choice of four. That is not a duopoly. And it is particularly ironic that Sprint is the leading proponent of the duopoly theory given that Sprint is boasting to Wall Street of its marketplace resurgence, including its recent largest number of net ads (over 1 million) in five years.

      The duopoly myth can be exploded with a single fact: MetroPCS and Leap together added a remarkable 1.057 million net retail subscribers in the first quarter of 2011 for cell phones, smartphones, laptop USB adaptors, and other personal computing devices. That figure is greater than the combined net retail additions (postpaid and prepaid) by both AT&T and Verizon for these same types of subscribers (1.026 million) – all in the same quarter that Verizon debuted its version of the iPhone.

      3) Contriving Conditions and Concessions – Of course there is the expected wish-list of non-merger-related “conditions” designed to extract regulatory concessions that the opponents have not been able to otherwise achieve. These include proposals to condition merger approval on concessions relating to pricing, mandatory resale, 700 MHz handset interoperability, special access, privacy, receipt of universal service funding, early termination fees, bill shock, and other broad policy issues. As the Commission has consistently found, such issues should be addressed, if at all, in industry-wide proceedings – not a company-specific merger proceeding.

      In the end, opponents’ submissions are long on rhetoric and short on substance. As Benjamin Disraeli wisely said, “It is much easier to be critical than to be correct.” After a close review of the facts and evidence presented in this proceeding, we are confident that the Commission will agree that this merger will generate enormous benefits for consumers, workers and the economy, with no significant harm to competition.

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      Republicans And Democrats Alike Are Skeptical Of AT&T/T-Mobile Deal
      By David, Managing Editor May 26, 2011 6:19 pm EST 74 Comments

      Today marked the second hearing by members of Congress regarding the proposed acquisition of T-Mobile by rival AT&T held before the House of Representatives’ subcommittee on intellectual property, competition and the internet. AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson stuck to his message that this deal was “all about consumers” which was of course rebutted quite frequently by other members of the panel. Parul P. Desair of Consumers Union stated that the merger “would result in a highly concentrated market, which will likely lead to higher prices and fewer choices for consumers.”

      While the House panel has no direct say on the approval process for the deal, there was quite a bit of skepticism that the deal would actually do what AT&T pledges to do. “There are legitimate questions about whether this merger could move this market past the anticompetitive tipping point,” said Representative Bob Goodlatte, Virginia Republican.

      Representative John Conyers, Michigan Democrat all but dismissed AT&T’s arguments and argued that the potential cost in terms of lost jobs, innovation and smaller competitors outweigh any proclaimed advantages. “Everything that we’re talking about that’s so great from this merger is really already accomplishable…I see absolutely no redeeming reason for this merger.”

      Conyers went on to say that “I am concerned that this merger is bad for consumers, bad for business and bad for innovation…Mergers always eliminate more jobs than they create. There is every likelihood that the proposed acquisition of T-Mobile by AT&T could lead to both higher prices and decreased consumer choices.”

      Stephenson continued to argue that T-Mobile wasn’t a direct competitor of AT&T regardless of all the facts presented to rebut that point. Continued focus on T-Mobile’s current ad campaign featuring shots at AT&T’s network quality were brought into question as to how T-Mobile could consider AT&T a nationwide competitor without the reverse being true?

      The great news is that there are no sign Congress is taking this issue lightly and while we continue to wonder whether or not these hearings are just for show or hope to actually influence the decision of the FCC and DOJ. Today was a bright day for those who wish to see this deal put to rest as we saw continued pressure placed on AT&T and Detusche Telekom executives to further explain how they feel this deal benefits consumers and not just their bottom lines.

      Reuters, Ars Technica, Consumerist

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      Sorry for not updating, but things has been really slow with this T-Mobile/ Att merger. On but I did find something:

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      Leap Wireless Opposes AT&T/T-Mobile Deal Along With Everyone Other Than AT&T And T-Mobile
      By David, Managing Editor May 24, 2011 9:28 pm EST 31 Comments

      At this point we’re not quite sure who actually wants the AT&T/T-Mobile deal to proceed other than AT&T and T-Mobile themselves. This time Leap Wireless has come out and verbally opposed the deal arguing that the merger would harm consumers due to reduced competition. Along with the reduction in competition Leap argues that too much power would be consolidated into the hands of just two wireless carriers.

      “We oppose the proposed acquisition. A competitive marketplace is critical to wireless innovation — and small and mid-sized carriers such as Cricket are driving that innovation,” said Doug Hutcheson, President and CEO of Leap and Cricket. “The proposed acquisition would eliminate T-Mobile as an important nationwide competitor in the industry. It also raises problems of spectrum concentration and impaired access to spectrum by competitive carriers; undercuts access to wholesale voice and data roaming services; and threatens to foster reduced device availability and reduced interoperability of wireless networks and devices, among many other issues. Those results are not in the public interest.”

      While AT&T has argued that carriers like Leap and Metro PCS represent significant competition in the low cost wireless market AT&T believes that removing T-Mobile from the marketplace is beneficial to carriers like Leap. Without T-Mobile, a low cost leader carriers like Leap will be primed to take advantage of customer defections according to the AT&T mentality.

      Leap has 6 million customers in 35 states and believes that it would be unable to compete effectively against AT&T and Verizon in spectrum auctions and business partnerships.

      Is there anyone who thinks this deal is still a good idea?

      Washington Post

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      Sprint Says Competition Is “American,” AT&T Says Whatever, We Rule
      By David, Managing Editor May 6, 2011 10:55 pm EST 125 Comments

      Sprint is really pulling out the punches in their effort to stop the proposed AT&T merger ahead of next weeks Senate hearing. Sprint’s hopes to derail the battle took to the front lines today with a print ad running in a number of newspapers and journals around the country. In just 24 lines of text laid out in an almost poetic like form Sprint makes no mention of T-Mobile or AT&T for that matter save for one choice swipe at Ma Bell. Touting competition as a backbone of our nation Sprint is clearly looking to winning the hearts and minds of the consumer.

      On the flipside is AT&T who responded with a separate newspaper ad that touted the benefits of a combined deal for T-Mobile customers and current AT&T customers alike. Offering up the same message since the very beginning AT&T emphasizes “significant improvements from the merger.” Yup, pretty much the same message we’ve heard from AT&T time and time again, service will improve, cats and dogs will be as one and the world be a bright and shiny place. Of course in their public interest filing with the FCC AT&T also said that the world would be a dark and scary place (those are my words summing up my impression of their filing by the way) if this deal doesn’t proceed.

      In any event, this is shaping up to be one for the ages!

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      AT&T Files T-Mobile Merger Proposal with FCC
      by Kevin Krause on April 21st, 2011 at 4:52 pm

      Despite the continued protest of Sprint and others in the wireless industry, AT&T has submitted its proposal detailing the acquisition of T-Mobile to the FCC. Detractors argue that the merger would stifle competition as Verizon and AT&T would emerge as the only viable contenders in the US. AT&T is prepared to argue that acquiring T-Mobile will allow them to bring 4G LTE services to 97 percent of the United States, tracking the growing demand for wireless and bringing high-speed services to areas that otherwise would be left without. It’s a tough call, but luckily we aren’t the ones that have to make it. One FCC official sees no way the deal will pass, but something tells us this one won’t be that simple. In the end the results will trickle down to the consumer, good or bad.

      AT&T Files Public Interest Statement With FCC on T-Mobile Acquisition
      Dallas, Texas, April 21, 2011

      AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) today filed with the Federal Communications Commission its Public Interest Statement regarding its proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA. The filing demonstrates the numerous benefits of the merger, including the deployment of 4G LTE network technology to more than 97 percent of the population. When the parties announced this transaction in March 2011, AT&T initially stated that it would deploy LTE to 95 percent of the U.S. population. After conducting a more refined analysis of the combined network, AT&T is increasing the scope of this commitment to 97.3 percent. This deployment will help fulfill this Administration’s pledge to connect every part of America to the digital age, and it will create new jobs and economic growth in the small towns and rural communities that need them most.
      The publicly available filing, with certain portions containing competitively confidential information redacted, is available at .
      Additional highlights of the filing include:
      AT&T has helped make the United States the global leader in mobile broadband and smartphone sales. AT&T’s mobile broadband leadership, however, presents it with unique spectrum and capacity challenges. A smartphone generates 24 times the mobile data traffic of a conventional wireless phone, and the explosively popular iPad and similar tablet devices can generate traffic comparable to or even greater than a smartphone. AT&T’s mobile data volumes surged by a staggering 8,000% from 2007 to 2010, and as a result, AT&T faces network capacity constraints more severe than those of any other wireless provider.
      AT&T is using up its spectrum at an accelerating rate, and the wireless broadband revolution is just beginning. Over the next five years, data usage on AT&T’s network is projected to skyrocket as customers "mobilize" all of their communications activities, from streaming HD video and cloud computing to a range of M2M applications like energy management, fleet tracking, and remote health monitoring. In just the first five-to-seven weeks of 2015, AT&T expects to carry all of the mobile traffic volume it carried during 2010.
      This merger provides by far the surest, fastest and most efficient solution to that challenge. The network synergies of this transaction will free up new capacity - the functional equivalent of new spectrum - in the many urban, suburban and rural wireless markets where escalating broadband usage is fast consuming existing capacity.
      This transaction will thus benefit consumers by reducing the number of dropped and blocked calls, increasing data speeds, improving in-building coverage, and dramatically expanding deployment of next-generation mobile technology.
      The transaction’s benefits arise from the uniquely complementary nature of AT&T and T-Mobile’s GSM/HSPA+ technologies and spectrum holdings.
      The combined company expects to integrate a significant portion of T-Mobile cell sites into the AT&T network. Upon network integration, which will benefit customers in as little as nine months, this will equate to "instant" cell splits - increasing cell density and effectively doubling the amount of network traffic that can be carried using existing spectrum in the areas served by those cell sites.
      Groups across the political spectrum, including a broad range of consumer, disability, civil rights, and rural advocacy groups have highlighted the transaction’s potential to empower consumers, workers and small businesses to participate more fully in our nation’s broadband society.
      The U.S. wireless marketplace is fiercely competitive, characterized by escalating usage, product differentiation, rapid innovation, fierce advertising campaigns, new entry, and sharply declining prices for wireless service by unit of consumption (e.g., minutes or megabytes). In fact, the FCC found last year that approximately three-quarters of Americans live in localities contested by at least five facilities-based wireless providers.1 These other competitors are rapidly growing and investing and will ensure the wireless marketplace remains vibrantly competitive after the transaction.
      1Fourteenth Report, Implementation of Section 6002(b) of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993, 25 FCC Rcd 11407, 11621-22 42-45 (May 20, 2010) ("Fourteenth Wireless Report").
      *AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

    15. Levin Manabat
      Petition Organizer

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      AT&T Files Public Interest Statement With FCC For T-Mobile Acquisition
      By David, Managing Editor April 21, 2011 3:48 pm EST 86 Comments

      As expected AT&T has filed with the FCC its Public Interest Statement regarding the proposed acquisition of T-Mobile. The filing is designed to demonstrate the benefits of the merger with specific emphasis on how a combined 4G LTE network could cover 97& of the US population. Originally thought to cover 95% of the population AT&T conducted a more thorough survey and determined they would be increase the reach of the network to 97.3%.

      Some more highlights of the filing:

      AT&T faces network constraints more severe than that of their competition as the mobile data on their network has surged by a jawdropping 8000% between 2007 and 2010.
      AT&T is using spectrum at an accelerating rate and based on current projections would in just the first five-to-seven weeks of 2015 equal the mobile data usage they carried in all of 2010.
      The merger provides the “surest, fastest and most efficient solution” to connecting every part of America to the digital age, creating jobs and stimulating economic growth.
      The merger will provide customers a better network experience with a reduction in dropped and blocked calls, improved building coverage and a dramatically expanded deployment of next-gen mobile technology.
      A significant number of current T-Mobile cell sites will be folded into the AT&T network. Network integration could begin in as little as nine months after the merger is finalized and will equate to “instant” cell splits thereby “increasing cell density and effectively doubling the amount of network traffic that can be carried using existing spectrum in the areas served by those cell sites.”
      The full report is available at

      BusinessWire

    16. Levin Manabat
      Petition Organizer

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      AT&T and T-Mobile to File Merger Paperwork with FCC around April 21
      by Kevin Krause on April 14th, 2011 at 12:33 pm

      On or around April 21st the clock will begin ticking on an FCC investigation into the merger of AT&T and T-Mobile, proceedings that could last the better part of a year or longer. AT&T placed a bid to acquire T-Mobile from Duetsche Telekom for a hefty $39 billion, but whether or not it is approved depends on the findings of the FCC as to how the merger could affect the telecommunications industry.
      The US Justice Department has also requested to review the merger with concern to antitrust laws. If AT&T successfully buys out T-Mobile, 80 percent of wireless subscribers in the US would be split between that conglomerate and Verizon. Sprint, the lone underdog, has vocally opposed the notion. There have been numerous independent analyses going both in the favor of AT&T and against the proposed merged, some saying customers will benefit while others believe the wireless subscriber loses in the long run. It is an issue that will continue to be hotly debated until the FCC reaches their final decision.
      [via Reuters]

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    • janice gayles RIVERDALE, GA
      • about 3 years ago

      ATT do not care about there empolyee and customer they sign sr up for ninternet service with no computer if they merge they will out source their I was injuryed on the job and fired and deined short disbitliy medical insurance cancel !!!!!!

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    • Sharon Leggett ATLANTA, GA
      • about 3 years ago

      Please stop the merger. AT&T doen't care about their customers just as well as they don"t care about their employees. I was injuried on the job then fired. AT&T will also outsoure jobs over seas as they currently do. AT&T doesnt care about the little people. I beg that this merger doesn"t take place

      I am begging this merger do not take place

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    • Sandra Andrews DALLAS, GA
      • about 3 years ago

      Very bad idea for us consumers that currently subscribe to T-Mobile. AT&T is last place in customer service while T-Mobile is the opposite. Also, prices would be more likely to increase since competition would be limited. Very Bad Idea!

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    • Cherisse Huggins LOS ANGELES, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      Please, please stop this merger! I am a loyal T-Mobile customer for the past 7 years. I LOVE their customer service and plans. I've never been an AT&T customer but I've never heard good things about them. If this does happen, I will switch to Sprint, Verizon, or even Metro PCS!

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    • M. Thoren CARDIFF BY THE SEA, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      I currently have AT&T service. If I didn't love the iPhone so much I would have switched carriers long ago (and most likely will switch to verizon as soon as the new iPhone is released.)

      On several occasions I have had questions for AT&T reps and have been given misinformation. AT&T then placed the onus on me as the customer to either pay for their misinformation or spend countless hours fighting up the chain of command and writing letters to have charges reversed. Their customer service is garbage. I have been treated as nothing more than one of the millions of numbers that make up their monthly income.

      My time is worth far more than the insulting credit I was given, yet on principle I can't allow this multi billion dollar corporation to bully me over what is pennies to them. If they are allowed to merge with T-Mobile the arrogance will only increase, the customer service further decline, and the crimes against customers and taxpayers will only be more blatant.

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