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FCC Slaps Protective Order on AT&T / T-Mobile Documents

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Apr 27, 2011, 6:46 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

The Federal Communications Commission today issued a protective order that will block access to much of the information regarding AT&T's acquisition of T-Mobile. The FCC wrote, "We adopt [these] procedures to provide more limited access to certain especially competitively sensitive information that may be filed in this proceeding, which, if released to competitors or those with whom the Submitting Party does business, would allow those persons to gain a significant advantage in the marketplace or in negotiations. We anticipate that such materials will be necessary to develop a more complete record on which to base the Commission's decision. While we are mindful of the highly sensitive nature of such information, we are also mindful of the right of the public to participate in this proceeding in a meaningful way." Earlier this week, Sprint requested that the FCC allow it to see some of the documents in question. Sprint hired an outside law firm, which has signed confidentiality agreements, to seek access to the documents. Today's protective order specifies that access to these documents is limited to the participants' "Outside Counsel of Record, their Outside Consultants and experts whom they retain to assist them in this proceeding, and their Outside Counsel's and Outside Consultants' employees." The participants, in this case, are AT&T and T-Mobile. It is possible that today's order will effectively block Sprint from ever accessing the documents. Sprint strongly opposes the acquisition.

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Apr 28, 2011, 7:57 AM

An Open Statement To All AT&T Fan Bois

Sprint has as much right to the documents regarding this merger as any other American citizen. It is the FTC and the FCC's job to protect the American competitive market, prevent monopolies & duopolies, and ensure that such transaction will not negatively impact the competitive market or the American consumer. The same reason AT&T was divested in 1984.
Information partaining to the merger, yes. Information partaining to specific inside information concerning AT&T's business timeline, plans for the release of acquisitions and/or market changes, plans to match rates or absorb business structure from T...
tim marten

Apr 27, 2011, 7:27 PM


I have at&t and they sux really they need to sell out to t-mobile or some other company there prices r to high also so fcc should listen to sprint. i wish sprint and us would combine and then at&t would have there hands full. but if they would to try fcc wouldnt let them. because them and everyone thinks at&t r the best i'm on the road a lot and i lose service more than i have it so take the 97 precent and make it 30.
Att was a total pain in the ass when I was using their services, double billing, outages, foreign customer reps who I couldn't understand over the phone, continued to bill me after I canceled their service. I will never do business with that company a...

Apr 28, 2011, 8:00 AM

ATT SUCKS and......

There is NOTHING about absorbing TMO that will help them.
omg. that was so informative.

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Apr 27, 2011, 7:23 PM


If AT&T has $39 billion to acquire t-mobile it's between the two companies... Sprint needs to focus on how it can become greater... I don't understand why ppl stick their nose in someone's business... Why hate AT&T and this proposed deal?? what if it was Verizon buying t-mobile or Sprint buying T-mobile ?? It's not about making competition less by t-mobile being gone... it's that Sprint is basing it on number of subscribers.. ATT already has more customers than sprint..
Vincent513 said:
If AT&T has $39 billion to acquire t-mobile it's between the two companies... I don't understand why ppl stick their nose in someone's business...

When the results are trending towards a monopoly, ol...
I agree with vincents perspective on this, I have ATT and i can say it has it's up and downs. For one the cost is substantial. For example on the cheapest att iphone family plan I pay me and my wifes iphone4 total is $160 a month. I know it is redicul...
Are you high?
Vincent513 said:
It's not about making competition less by t-mobile being gone...

YES that is EXACTLY what AT&T is trying to do. Go read a book or something dude.
Copied this from my other post..but it seems to apply equally to you:

How is a major shift in the landscape of the American cell phone market not Sprint's business?? Oh i know..cuz you are retard..smh.
Businesses do not get the rights of individual people. You cannot compare a Corporation to John Q. Public.

When a business gets too large the government not only can, but has, pulled the companies apart. They would be creating one of these so-call...
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