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AT&T Wins Again


Dec 7, 2011, 7:01 PM
This was the plot of the removal of the rquest in the first place. By AT&T removing the request, then the legitimacy of the suit goes out the window. The suit gets tossed out and then when that is tossed out, they resubmit the request again.

The WORSE part of this whole deal is the ammount of tax payer money that's going into trying to prevent AT&T from trying to monopolize the cell phone industry as they did with landlines back in the 80's and 90's.

Dec 8, 2011, 2:58 AM
True, because the existing law clearly prohibits such a monopoly from being formed. There's no grey area here whatsoever. Why do we need a lawsuit or anything other than the FCC telling AT&T to take a hike? The only way this deal could ever legally be approved would be if T-Mo's spectrum were split up between multiple carriers or AT&T divested themselves of a good bit of their own spectrum or pulled out of a lot of markets. It wouldn't shock me if they come back with a new deal that makes exactly these kinds of concessions. We know the carriers are fixated on getting as much bandwidth into the big urban centers as possible..they'd certainly give up many small markets to achieve this goal

Dec 8, 2011, 8:25 AM
Yes, that sounds like a more logical option. They should have done that in the first place!! However ATT doesnt need anymore spectrum they are good. Those LTE Speed test from NY when they announced the LG phone they are very nice and they did it without Tmobile spectrum ;P

Dec 8, 2011, 7:40 PM
Not to play devils advocate here, but it's not illegal to be a monopoly. It's illegal to use your powers as a monopoly to stiffle competitors.
ie. anti-trust

Dec 8, 2011, 9:47 AM
What do you mean by "monopolize the cell phone industry as they did with landlines back in the 80's and 90's"?
I believe you need to read your history a little better so you know the telecommunications industry better.
The Ma Bell breakup was initiated in 1974, final settlement was agreed on in 1982, and the breakup was effective 1984.
Verizon was originally Bell Atlantic, so they arose out of the old AT&T also.

Dec 8, 2011, 11:37 AM
and maybe 3 major companies is less competition, but certainly not monopolistic.

Dec 8, 2011, 5:11 PM
Most people do not know the definition of a "monopoly". From Dictionary.com:

mo·nop·o·ly   /məˈnɒpəli/
1. exclusive control of a commodity or service in a particular market, or a control that makes possible the manipulation of prices.
2. an exclusive privilege to carry on a business, traffic, or service, granted by a government.
3. the exclusive possession or control of something.
4. something that is the subject of such control, as a commodity or service.
5. a company or group that has such control.

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/monopoly »

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