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Lawmakers Want to Know Why DoJ Objected to AT&T/T-Mobile Deal

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Figures.

Slammer

Sep 9, 2011, 4:27 PM
Mergers always favor big business interests. Republicans have historically backed this up. With the House Energy Committee made up of mostly all Republicans, I am not at all surprised by this news.

John B.
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carmodboy99

Sep 9, 2011, 4:59 PM
If both agencies bend to this disgraceful congress I will have lost the last 1/32 ounce of faith I have left in the integrity of the American political system's ability to auto correct this level of corruption.
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Slammer

Sep 9, 2011, 5:33 PM
I hear you friend. To be fair, I'm not against Government. Too many differences in our society's beliefs, allows for governing, or it would be pure caos. We as tax payers, pay out of our paychecks to provide the needs to run this country. To look in the best interests of the people of this country. However, the unfortunate part of reality is that the Fortune 500 has controlled this country for many, many decades. I hope the two departments stand their ground for the pure sake of the consumer interests.

John B.
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marufio

Sep 9, 2011, 6:07 PM
As the letter states why did the DOJ rush to block and sue the merger without all the facts coming to light. Even though ATT will sell part of Tmobile. Who is right and who is wrong in this complicated merger is ATT wrong is the DOJ wrong is Sprint right in their accusations. Where is Verizon in all of this?
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Versed

Sep 9, 2011, 6:48 PM
Its all a game, what yesterday they asked both AT&T and TMO to come with new ideas for it to go through. I may disagree with Slammer and others over this merger, but I do agree government has a say.
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Vmac39

Sep 9, 2011, 11:25 PM
You are absolutely right about that. The government does have a say in the matter, it's their job. The government is to protect the people from foreign and domestic threats. Not just war and terrorism but, economical treats, as well.

Don't get me wrong, if this deal is not for the best interest of the people, then the government needs to have a say so. But, I don't see a major issue with the deal, as long as the government over sees a fair transition that will beneficial to the consumers. That means that all parties involved should look at all facts and weigh in on them accordingly. The problem isn't so much the merger but, what stipulations the government will put in place for it to go through.

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Mektah

Sep 10, 2011, 12:10 AM
How can you not see a problem with this?
1.) Consumer lose out. They will lose a variety of phones. HTC is primarily sold through T-Mobile. AT&t primarily beds with Apple although they have other devices, it's not likely they will focus on those at all.
2.) Price wise T-Mobile has pressured the others to lower their prices. With T-Mo out, there is no pressure.
3.)Jobs!!!!! Go to the mall. There are probably 2 T-mobile booths and 2 AT&T booths. With the Merger it's likely many Tmobile employees will lose their jobs, and only some of them will manage to find employment with AT&T. Not to mention the customer care groups, tech support, and service people who take care of the network. Just saying.
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Vmac39

Sep 10, 2011, 2:14 AM
First off, OEM's are in business to make money. I don't see them not trying to secure more revenue from the more successful regional carriers.

Secondly, this deal will only open up more opportunity for these same regional carriers to take TMO's place. This will also create more competition in this arena. Do you honestly think that once TMO is gone, no other company will take it's place? History is full of large national companies that have fallen for one reason or the other and one or two more rise to take its place.

Last, but not least, TMO employees will loose their jobs anyway. This has nothing to do with ATT buying them. If they sold it in parts to different carriers, TMO employees will still loose their jobs. This may be just ATT...
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Jayshmay

Sep 10, 2011, 3:12 AM
You make very good points. Especialy the 2nd paragraph.

I wish a lot more on Phone Scoop would look at thngs from a consumer point of view.
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NonBiasedRep

Sep 10, 2011, 8:23 AM
Wow you mean AT&T isnt the evil empire Evil or Very Mad Twisted Evil obsurdity! Wink
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carmodboy99

Sep 11, 2011, 6:27 AM
"more successful regional carriers"? um, huh? more successful than who? ATT?

oh, you mean the more successful OF the regional carriers... yea, theyre breaking down USCellular's doors to sell them replicas to the phones they sell the big 4 almost a full 6 months late... Metro and Cricket are not regional at all they both operate semi MVNO as carriers offering nationwide service and, for the record, no innovation there, because innovation is not cheap, thus must be subsidized, which they do not do as prepaid carriers.

Its possible, even likely that TMO employees will lose their jobs, but looking at ATT as a lesser evil just doesnt make sense. Seeing as they are the picture next to MONOPOLY in the dictionary despite having already ...
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neurocutie

Sep 9, 2011, 11:18 PM
"Even though ATT will sell part of Tmobile. Who is right and who is wrong in this complicated merger is ATT wrong is the DOJ wrong is Sprint right in their accusations. Where is Verizon in all of this?"

AT&T only would want to sell parts of Tmo it doesn't want... obviously. These lawsuits and DOJ/FCC actions will minimally force AT&T to sell MORE than it would otherwise like to, but will have to to improve, albeit inadequately, the impact on market competitiveness, i.e. DOJ/FCC will at least do some good to not let AT&T have totally its way.

As far as Verizon, it is quiet for obvious reasons: 1) if it complained too much, it might succeed in helping stop the buyout, which in turn, makes it impossible for Verizon to swallow Sprint. 2) i...
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carmodboy99

Sep 11, 2011, 6:31 AM
Verizon's debt load is ridiculous right now... they couldnt afford Sprint at its current market value. Deal priced, they might have on hand cash enough for that, but Sprint would have to be in real trouble for that. Its got a stronger portfolio than most think.
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Slammer

Sep 10, 2011, 8:07 AM
---" ---" As the letter states why did the DOJ rush to block and sue the merger without all the facts coming to light."---

In reality, facts are not necessarily needed to pursue a lawsuit. Lawsuits are tools that can be used for many certain things. This particular lawsuit, is portrayed more as U.S. citizen concern for this merge and being utilized as a time flow restriction rather than total blockage. Thousands or even millions of people as myself, have written to voice their opinions and concerns against this merge. This prompts the DoJ that more time is needed to study the matter. The suit will act as a delay against both Tmobile and AT&T, which have been pushing to expedite the proceedings. The extra time will allow the evaluation of ...
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Ashke13

Sep 9, 2011, 6:10 PM
Integrity and political do not go together lol, and is anyone surprised that Republicans seem to be the only major group to defend the merger (from what I know I don't pay attention) because their deep pockets are being filled by ATT. Is anyone surprised that this came up?
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Versed

Sep 9, 2011, 6:49 PM
Odd the Republicans have no problem whatsoever allowing government into the bedroom and reproduction. But god forbid they enter the boardroom.
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planethulk

Sep 9, 2011, 8:52 PM
Agreed. The problem is that they are not real Republicans. Guys like Teddy Roosevelt would have shut this crap down a very long time ago. He made a speech over 100 years ago (1912) that outlined the dangers we are facing from big corporations today. Ron Paul has been talking about the same thing for 30 years.
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Jayshmay

Sep 10, 2011, 3:25 AM
Great comment, you know your history well. It seems like both parties are different now than they used to be. I hear that the democratic party was different when Kennedy was President, compared to current democrats. But I don't understand the difference myself.
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