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Department Of Justice Prepared To Fight AT&T Merger Over The Long Haul.

  • November 8, 2011 2:18 pm

It looks like no amount of AT&T/T-Mobile lobbying will net them an easy victory in Washington this time around. Reuters is reporting that Attorney General Eric Holder has told lawmakers the “people in the antitrust division are committed to seeing this through” — “this” of course being the ongoing AT&T/T-Mobile merger in the U.S. That’s a big win for U.S. cellular customers and not so much for T-Mobile/AT&T shareholders looking for a quick buck at consumers’ expense.

AT&T has already vocally stated they’re in this for the long haul. And now that the DoJ is showing they’re equally as steadfast in their position, it’s certain to be a long, courtroom filled journey for everyone involved.

Stay tuned…

Kick ‘Em While They’re Down: 7 States Join DoJ Lawsuit To Block AT&T Merger.

  • September 16, 2011 5:51 pm

Despite AT&T’s claims to the contrary, it appears a growing number of citizens and local governments alike aren’t buying AT&T’s lies argument that combining the nation’s 2nd and 4th wireless carriers into one massive national GSM monopoly is a good idea. Today California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Washington officially joined the Department of Justice’s lawsuit aimed at stopping the AT&T merger. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan responded commented on the states support by saying: “Blocking this acquisition protects consumers and businesses against fewer choices, higher prices, less innovation, and lower quality service”. The DoJ in return voiced their pleasure in regards to the added support and reiterated their official stance: The merger is bad for everyone except AT&T.

Besides being a raw deal for consumers all around, public and government scorn towards the merger is likely to have been worsened back in mid-August when confidential documents containing damming information regarding AT&T’s true cost requirements for next-gen network rollouts leaked. The very next day after said leak internal AT&T computer inventory screenshots were also leaked which showed the carriers’ plans to remove all but one messaging plan — the highest priced $20 unlimited option. Amongst public outcry AT&T claimed most of their customers either texted enough to save money with the $20 plan or so little that a per-message fee was more economical. But the picture of what could be — AT&T cornering customers by removing legitimate service options and only marketing the most expensive ones — was thrust into the spotlight.

The news of added anti-merger support comes not even 24 hours after 15 congressman sent a letter penned by Rep. Heath Shuler (D-NC) to President Barack Obama urging him to help the DoJ and AT&T settle so a deal could be reached. On top of all of this, Sprint has also levied their own lawsuit AT&T’s way.

In short: Because (1) customer protections come before company profits and (2) AT&T’s glaring stupidity, the chances of the AT&T/T-Mobile merger are looking less probable by the week (thank god).

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?

Shocker: AT&T Lied About T-Mobile Merger.

  • August 12, 2011 8:11 pm

AT&T has a reputation — for screwing their customers over. And that reputation just got another black eye today with the leak of partially redacted FCC documents. The biggest sham that’s been revealed is AT&T’s claim to absolutely, 100%, they will die if they don’t, need T-Mobile’s spectrum to hit their 97% LTE coverage footprint, and rollout said network in a timely manner. The truth: they don’t…