Congress Wants Obama to Force AT&T/DoJ Settlement
Sep 15, 2011, 2:39 PM by Eric M. Zeman
A handful of members of the House of Congress have written President Obama a letter formally requesting that he intervene in the Department of Justice's lawsuit against AT&T. Specifically, the representatives want the president to force the Justice Department to settle the lawsuit in favor of the merger. The representatives believe that the merger will be good for the country and create jobs. "The road to economic recovery is long, but there is an opportunity before us to immediately create jobs and spur infrastructure investments and technological innovations that will create jobs for years to come," said Rep. Heath Shuler in the letter. "By settling the proposed merger of AT&T and T-Mobile USA we can put thousands of Americans back to work and promote economic development across the country. I urge the President to strongly consider the vast benefits this merger will have on job creation and the economy and quickly resolve any concerns the Administration may have with the proposal." The DoJ sued to block the merger because it feels the combined companies will have too much market power. Sprint representative John B. Taylor was quick to respond to the letter. He said, "Make no mistake, AT&T’s proposed takeover of T-Mobile will eliminate tens of thousand of jobs across the country. The flawed economic study embraced by AT&T and its union ignores what Wall Street investors and the Federal Government have been already been promised: that the overall investment for the combined companies will be substantially reduced if the proposed transaction closes." Sprint has also sued to block the merger. The judge overseeing the DoJ case has called for a hearing on September 21, and wants the parties involved to reach a settlement agreement. The Federal Communications Commission is also still reviewing the proposal.
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It seems the few carriers you have the greater the cost of service as there is less competition.
It makes it virtually impossible for a new carrier to enter the game as an existing large carrier will reduce price temporarily to crush them.
Example. I know in New Zealand they have a duopoly... just 2 carriers (Vodafone & Telecom NZ).
They both charge the same outrageous prices for service.
2500 txt msgs
250 MB data
2500 txt msgs
In the USA T-Mobile currently offers:
unlimited txt msg
Next they will be telling you that you cannot marry whomever you wish... oh wait.
What right does the government have to make any decision regarding ANY merger of ANY private business?
Ah, Troll-Bait, I see that you are still simple mindedly spewing the Ayn Rand claptrap.
How in the !*&# can this merger creat jobs???
I call B.S. on this one!
Oh...& domestic job creation???? Give me a small break, PLEASE!!!! That's one of the best punchlines for a truly stupid & unfunny joke I've ever heard! 👿
The only way it would work...
If TMO's parent company DT is intending on selling that portion of the their business, wouldn't the majority, if not all the TMO employees loose their jobs?
Wouldn't some jobs being maintained be better than none?
If Sprint had been the ones to buy TMO, they most certainly would not keep most of the jobs. They wouldn't be able to afford to. It just seems that the argument most people have have about the merger, would happen with or without ATT being in the picture.
However, the argument is not about jobs being lost as what happens with a ...
Mergers create duplicate "jobs" which are then eliminated
All the merger would do is kill jobs and decrease competition, which would result in even more out of work people and higher prices.
Heath Shuler: The Ray Finkle of Real Life.
It appears Representative Joe Heath Shuler might be suffering from the same trauma after being ridiculed his last years as a football Quarterback. Out for revenge against society.
He will not get a Heisman for this recommendation for a merge.
I'm no politician