Judge Overseeing AT&T Merger Lawsuit Sets September 21st Hearing.

  • September 7, 2011 12:20 pm

AT&T and T-Mobile USA parent company Deutsche Telekom still have a chance in pushing their proposed merger through despite ongoing lawsuits. The judge overseeing the merger lawsuit specifically between the Department of Justice and AT&T has set a September 21st hearing date in which both parties can propose amended plans for the merger in hopes of persuading the DoJ (among others) that the merger will in fact protect consumers and increase competition while starving off price hikes. The judge, Ellen S. Huvelle of the United States District Court in Washington, has also informed both sides to come prepared to negotiate if any type of settlement/agreement is truly wanted.

In order for the merger to be accepted, AT&T will likely have to give up vast chunks of spectrum and/or markets to appease government groups nervous about anti-competitive and monopolistic issues from arising. It makes sense, though. In many areas there will only be a single, major GSM carrier should the AT&T/T-Mobile merger be allowed under current conditions.

But even with the prospect of a tweaked merger plan, public support is less than positive. It seems most of the general public (who’ve voiced their opinion at least) can readily see through AT&T’s empty PR lies and marketing tactics. But can the government and courts?

Via: NYT


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