Lawmakers Express Concerns Over AT&T/T-Mobile Deal
AT&T and Deutsche Telekom stood before congress today to explain why AT&T's proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA is good for American consumers. The lawmakers in attendance didn't appear to believe what AT&T had to say. "There are legitimate questions about whether this merger could move this market past the anti-competitive tipping point," said Virginia Representative Bob Goodlatte. California Representative Darrell Issa asked, "How am I going to be comfortable that all of these smaller carriers that remain ... how can they be assured that they'll get fair value" with respect to purchasing backhaul equipment, which lawmakers also said would fall too much into AT&T's favor. AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson defended the acquisition, saying it would help the combined entity push faster services into neglected rural regions. The lawmakers were unconvinced by most of the arguments provided by AT&T and Deutsche Telekom, though the final decision rests in the hands of the Federal Communications Commission and Department of Justice.
Mar 28, 2019
In two weeks, the LG G8 ThinQ will be offered by all major US carriers, with several offering major discounts at launch. This flagship phone from LG has a unique 3D depth camera on the front, supporting mid-air gestures, hand vein scanning, and 3D face scanning.
Feb 20, 2019
The tenth edition of Samsung's Galaxy S series of flagship phones includes, for the first time, four different models spanning a range of sizes and price points. Samsung announced the Galaxy S10 series today at an event in San Francisco.
Feb 20, 2019
Samsung today announced the Galaxy Fold, the company's first commercial phone with a flexible display that folds in half. Folded, it resembles a thick smartphone with 4.6-inch HD Super AMOLED display; unfolded, it approximates a tablet in size and form factor, with a 7.3" "Infinity Flex" Dynamic AMOLED display.
Jul 11, 2019
Qualcomm and T-Mobile have successfully completed the first data call using Qualcomm's X55 modem, the first 5G chip for phones to support all 5G networks to be launched in the US in 2019, including T-Mobile's band 71 (600 MHz). All 5G phones currently on the market in the US use the X50 chip, which only supports mmWave bands and TDD bands such as Sprint's band 41.
You are asked a question on how this will benefit consumers and smaller carriers. You respond in kindly by elaboration of how "ATT" can get faster broadband service quicker to areas. So again, it is all about "ATT". Not about the smaller carriers or consumers interests.
From the sound of some of the strong concerns and questions by officials, I would think ATT would start to focus more on the actual intended questions rather than have an "It's all about ATT" attitude.
Make the right choice