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FCC Stops Clock on AT&T's Alltel Buy

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Aug 27, 2013, 3:37 PM   by Eric M. Zeman
updated Aug 27, 2013, 5:02 PM

The Federal Communications Commission today stopped the unofficial 180-day shot clock on its review of AT&T's proposed purchased of Atlantic Tele-Network's Alltel assets. The deal, first proposed earlier this year, would give AT&T wireless spectrum licenses in the 700, 850, and 1900MHz bands, network assets, retail stores, and 585,000 subscribers. According to the FCC, AT&T has not adequately explained how it will transition the Alltel customers from Alltel's service to its own. Without that information, the FCC cannot complete its review. The FCC says the review was on Day 175 out of 180. Verizon Wireless was forced to divest some of Alltel's assets when it purchased the company in 2008. Atlantic Tele-Network picked up some of the assets and continued to run them under the Alltel name. AT&T agreed to pay Atlantic Tele-Network $780 million for the spectrum licenses, assets, and customers. AT&T's Jim Ciccone, EVP of External and Legislative Affairs, said in a statement posted to ATYT's web site, "AT&T is ready, willing and able to make significant network investments in these rural territories to bring HSPA+ and LTE services to Allied’s customers, an investment that will not occur but for this transaction. AT&T has actively worked to address FCC concerns and will continue to work with the Commission until all issues are resolved."


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Aug 27, 2013, 11:11 PM

Easy fix!

Unless im overlooking something this looks like a pretty easy fix! Offer them the gophone 60.00 smartphone plan. I took a glance at alltels website and there prepaid starts at 45.00 for just talk & text with data starting at 15.00 extra for just 250 mb's and 2 gb which is what you would get with ATT is 25.00 extra. So again whats the major prob?? Offer them gophone! Same Att nationwide network as postpaid gets. Which is great. I have it & am satisfied using an unlocked Tmobile phone right now. Unless the Alltel customer only wants talk & text, Well At&t GoPhone plan is only 5.00 more. Again I think there are more serious issues.. If they really make a stink they could just match the price.
Keep in mind that if they were to do that they would also have to replace the phones for the customers. The Alltel phones are CDMA and the att phones are GSM. Albeit, the cost of replacing those phones is likely minimal compared to receiving $60 per m...
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