FCC to AT&T: Show Us Your Numbers
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May 27, 2011, 3:24 PM by Eric M. Zeman
The Federal Communications Commission today requested that AT&T deliver a range of information regarding its pricing structures, spectrum holdings, and the alternatives it considered before announcing its intent to purchase T-Mobile USA. AT&T contends that it cannot bring faster wireless broadband services to rural Americans without purchasing T-Mobile and its spectrum assets. The FCC asked AT&T 50 specific questions about AT&T's current position. It asked for AT&T's internal plans and analyses concerning its stated spectrum limitations; alternative plans to purchasing T-Mobile USA; current and future pricing lists for both AT&T and its competitors; and specifically about where AT&T doesn't have the spectrum to offer LTE. On Thursday, AT&T's CEO Randall Stephenson was grilled by members of congress about the deal. The FCC and Department of Justice are expected to take up to a year to review the proposed acquisition.
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The real problem is that the news leaked this story to the public (outside of the techy, geeky, cell phone world) and now every AT&T and T-mobile employee gets asked the same stupid questions. For instance... asking t-mobile if they (the customer) can pay their ATT bill. Or vice versa. Does the news have any idea how stupid people are?
Just the other day I spent a LONG while trying to find someone's account. When I told them their account doesn't exist they flipped out, screamed, cursed. I called customer service, nothing ... only to realize that they are the other companies customer. Do you kno...
Does the news have any idea how stupid people are?
yes. yes, they do.
Why should ATT be rewarded with more spectrum when they have done no good with what they have? I think ATT should not play games with the group of people that have the authority to make or break the deals.
I'm seeing a good portion of offense from ATT, but little defense.
They aren't being rewarded, they're buying. There is no free lunch here.
Who's supplying the numbers?
South American carriers are limited to have up to 60MHz cellular spectrum (850/AWS/1900), so US Government should get this rule, and the excess sp...