FCC Asks AT&T to Clarify How T-Mobile Deal Will Add Jobs
The Federal Communications Commission today formally requested AT&T to supply it with yet more information regarding its proposed acquisition of T-Mobile. The FCC suggests that AT&T's response to questions already posed by the agency are incomplete. Specifically, the FCC wants all the data AT&T has generated in the last five years with respect to its workforce and job creation. The FCC said in a letter today that it wants to see "all analyses, reports, data, or other information in AT&T's possession, custody or control that analyze the size and location of AT&T's workforce both before and as anticipated after the merger. This would include, among all other responsive documents, any documents enumerating the number of T-Mobile and AT&T jobs that will be eliminated or added should the merger be approved, and the effect of the proposed transaction on employment both inside and outside the United States."
More Carriers and Phone Makers Agree to Adopt Google's RCS-Based 'Android Messages' Service
Google today said more wireless network operators and handset manufacturers will use Android Messages, its RCS-based messaging service, as the default SMS/MMS tool on their phones. (Android Messages was previously known as Google Messenger.) Some of the features of RCS, which is a global standard, include group chat, high-resolution photo sharing, advanced calling features, and read receipts.
Alcatel A30 Reaches Amazon Prime for Just $60
Amazon recently added the Alcatel A30 to its roster of Prime Exclusives. This entry-level Android handset includes a 5-inch HD screen and a 1.1 GHz Snapdragon 210 processor with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage.
Galaxy S8 to Cost $750, S8+ to Cost $850: Carriers Share Launch Details
Samsung's new Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones will cost $750 and $850, respectively. The phones share almost all features other than size and both ship with 64 GB of internal storage.
CTIA Believes FCC's Power Should Be Kept In Check
The CTIA Wireless Association recently recommended to congress that it limit the powers of the Federal Communications Commission to regulate the wireless industry. The comments come in response to a white paper published by the House Committee On Energy and Commerce earlier this year.
The truth of the matter
discrediting AT&T's contract and external job creation argument
One, AT&T claims that it will contract out thousands of jobs in both consolidating the T-Mobile GSM 1900 network into the AT&T GSM 850/1900 network and clearing the T-Mobile W-CDMA 2100+1700 network, then redeploying LTE 2100+1700 in the former T-Mobile AWS 2100+1700 MHz spectrum.
Two, AT&T claims that rural 4G deployment will be an economic multiplier that will engender job growth in rural America.
Per the first claim, no doubt, AT&T would contract out many jobs for network consolidation and AWS 2100+1700 MHz spectrum clearing. Both types of contract work, however, would...
i used to support the merger but not anymore!
Is this a Joke?