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FCC Hits All Carriers with Paperwork Over AT&T/T-Mobile

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Jun 6, 2011, 11:51 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

The Federal Communications Commission has sent formal requests to most major U.S. wireless network operators, including Sprint, Verizon Wireless, U.S. Cellular, MetroPCS, Leap Wireless and Cellular South, asking them to fill out a questionnaire regarding AT&T's proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA. The FCC explained, "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." There are nine questions in the survey and they ask for information such as coverage maps, future network expansion plans, cell site ownership details, existing agreements with AT&T, spectrum outlook for the next five years, competitive reports on how they respond to other carriers, and all current billing data. The carriers have until June 20 to file their responses.

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SublimeDavid

Jun 6, 2011, 2:12 PM

Dillusion

Not sure if this is a political ploy but why does a agency as powerful as the FCC need this info from carriers? Everyone except the psychos at ATT and their shareholders know this is bad for the American consumer. Shocked
maybe they are taking a vote?? Confused
My question is how did the FCC get this powerful? It's just an annoyance bleeping curse words and controlling our every move. They are useless from a consumer standpoint.

I say get rid of the FCC and have America take a vote. Yes or No. Just ch...
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If this merger was allowed it would dramatically change the landscape of the wireless marketplace. It would pave the way and give precident for a Verizon-Sprint merger or a Sprint-Metro PCS merger. Creating only a few large companies in any industry i...
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Vincent513

Jun 7, 2011, 12:19 AM

SAD...

I am so sick of hearing about this merger crap!! who cares just give them t-mobile the economy is already screwed up... There will always be a bigger better carrier... who gives a rats ass... The ppl will live... without t-mobile stop worrying... if the deal is approved or not SPRINT AT&T VERIZON CRICKET METRO PCS US CELLULAR WILL ALWAYS HAVE MORE MONEY THAN ANY OF US... SO SHUT UP!!!!!
MadFatMan

Jun 6, 2011, 7:57 PM

Just Maybe...

The powers that be at the FCC are so over their heads they don't know enough to make an educated decision. These are appointed officials with cushy jobs and most of them do not have the fundumental basic knowledge of the industry that they are governing. That's why carriers have been able to make their own rules for so long and this stunt by At&t is just them pushing the envelope
You might check the education level of the FCC officials you are talking about.
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Vincent513

Jun 6, 2011, 4:58 PM

Very stupid...

Of course all the other carriers are going to be against the merger... what a dumb world we live in!!
 
 
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