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AT&T and Sprint Subpoenaed by 9 States Over T-Mobile

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Jul 12, 2011, 7:05 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

A group of nine states, including Arizona, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington, have sent subpoenas to both AT&T and Sprint regarding AT&T's proposed acquisition of T-Mobile. The states have requested that Sprint send them all the same materials that Sprint has so far submitted to the Federal Communications Commission this year regarding the acquisition. Sprint has opposed the acquisition from day one and has delivered reams of material to the FCC in hopes of dissuading the FCC from approving the deal. The same states sent subpoenas to AT&T as well, though the nature of those subpoenas was not made clear by AT&T. Individual U.S. states do not have the authority to block the acquisition, but they can offer guidance and recommendations to the FCC. A handful of states have already voiced approval of the deal. The FCC and U.S. Department of Justice are investigating the acquisition, and are expected to deliver a final verdict in the first quarter of 2012.

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Jul 12, 2011, 11:46 AM

Not the worst idea..

To be honest, the merger would really improve service for alot of customers. I know alot of people are concerned with the price of at&t service vs tmobile, and to be honest, they aren't much cheaper. I work for at&t and I have tmobile, and my bill is just as much as most of my customers, if not more. :/
Yet Sprint is correct as in AT&T can provide the coverage they claim they lack, by using the spectrum they have now. AT&T has more unused spectrum than any other provider in the US. Yet AT&T swears it needs T-Mobile to do provide the coverage they hav...
Your company has had the ability with their current spectrum holdings, to offer the coverage you say seems to be lacking.

Unfortunately, they've decided to sit pretty on iPhone sales and neglect their network. This creating lucrative profits for t...
There are worse ideas. I mean, if AT&T and Verizon sought a merger THAT would be a worse idea. This one IS pretty high om the totem pole however.

Jul 12, 2011, 9:17 AM

" A handful of states have already voiced approval of the deal."

They received their bribes early.
....greased the right pockets, etc.,
Hmm... I'm going to take a wild guess that those are all red states. 🙂
AT&T has hometown advantage with Georgia.

Jul 12, 2011, 3:35 PM

Sprint Tried but....

Sprints CEO Mr. Hesse tried to sms those states the information on how AT&T should run their mobile network, but couldn't because their sms servers were down.
Actually, Dan didn't know the network was down. Corporate sent him an sms but he didn't get it until 2 and half weeks later.

John B.
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