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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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May 28, 2011, 2:49 PM

Sam The Eagle says, "You are all weirdos!"

There really shouldn't be any concern on the merger if both companies want it. It's all just a show giving us something to talk about.

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...
hahaha amen brother... could not be truer
Maybe some of us being customers with T-Mobile for nearly 10 years like myself are concerned about the future of our wallets with a company like AT&T? Maybe others, who are not customers of either, are just concerned about the cellular market as a wh...
A lot of people view AT&T has a giant faceless corporation that treats people like dirt could care less what the public thinks. As an AT&T employee who calls customers “Weirdos” you really reinforce that that belief. Thes...
I disagree that there shouldn't be any concern just because "both companies want it," but I wholeheartedly agree that the news coverage on the deal is terribly inaccurate, the people watching the news coverage are stupid, and I'm really tired of havin...
PaulAlcohol said:
Does the news have any idea how stupid people are?

yes. yes, they do.

May 27, 2011, 3:44 PM

Game On!

I have to say that the FCC is really stepping up and putting the heat on AT&T. AT&T has stockpiled spectrum from past auctions and appears to have showcased it in glass cases for everyone to see but never touch.

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.

John B.
Agreed! And they basically side step every question the FCC, Senate, or House have asked them with some BS corporate non-answer. Glad to see them getting deeply probed here, double meaning intentional.
They aren't being rewarded, they're buying. There is no free lunch here.

May 27, 2011, 4:20 PM

Who's supplying the numbers?

How can Congress trust AT&T to provide accurate numbers? If AT&T is suppling the numbers won't the numbers will show exactly what AT&T wants them to show? Congress should appoint an independant source to provide the numbers.
Well with the Spectrum at least, i would think the FCC would have that on record somewhere...since they are responsible for that. As far as everything else, i agree, i'd hope a 3rd party would at least audit at&ts claims. Seeing as how they already ta...
FCC has the record which carrier has the amount of spectrum in ALL areas (you can check it at fcc.gov).
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...
Congress doesn't care about trusting AT&T because they have nothing to do with this. The FCC and congress aren't exactly the same thing, or even close for that matter. But that's just a minor detail, I guess I know what you're trying to say. The FCC i...
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