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06-11-2011, 10:38 PM #1
"No Effect On Competition": AT&T's Response on T-Mobile Acquisition
This Friday, AT&T filed a statement to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) saying that competition will continue to be vibrant even after its merger with T-Mobile USA. Included in the statement was their response to Spring opposing their $39 billion deal and the answers to the questions AT&T was requested to answer for the FCC last month.
In the statement, AT&T focused on a few key aspects of the acquisition. They first argued that the merger would stimulate economic and employment growth. Second, AT&T stated that it would invest $8 billion to expand its LTE development and capabilities on both AT&T and T-Mobile USA networks. Third, they believe it will promote innovation and competition in the market.
An article on AppleInsider brought an interesting twist to the discussion:
AT&T also turned the tables on Sprint, noting that Clearwire, which Sprint owns a majority stake in, has a "far stronger" combined spectrum position than AT&T and T-Mobile. With an average of 160-megahertz of spectrum in the top markets, Clearwire has the "best spectrum position in the industry," the filing claims. "This is more than the combined AT&T/T-Mobile company would have if their merger is approved, and does not even include the additional spectrum Sprint holds directly."
Last edited by Joshua Tucker; 06-11-2011 at 10:46 PM.
06-11-2011, 11:02 PM #2
How does getting rid of one carrier stimulate competition? It get's rid of choice bit by bit.
06-11-2011, 11:14 PM #3
Im going back to tin cans and strings.
06-11-2011, 11:38 PM #4
06-11-2011, 11:49 PM #5
i guess since i'm with at&t then i want them to get t-mobile in the hope that my reception will improve. then again if competition is a problem then why haven't we heard a peep out of verizon? are they just not that concerned with it? it seems like only sprint is really having an issue with this. are they nervous?
06-12-2011, 12:02 AM #6
I don't see how anyone uses that network. I pay for AT&T for customer service and reliability. Neither of which Sprint has. But we most def can't be having just two networks colluding together to rape the American people....
Sounds to me as if Sprint needs to get on the ball and launch some rockets and stuff! Be the only damn company left with *unlimited* data. That might get your sorry *** back on the map.iPhone 4S iOS 5.0 Non JB
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06-12-2011, 12:04 AM #7
Lies and marketing spin! AT&T+T-Mobile makes AT&T a monopoly in the GSM cellular technology. GSM is the standard in most of the world.
AT&T customers win in the short term. EVERYONE looses in the end.
06-12-2011, 12:23 AM #8
AT&T was waiting for that question to be asked--Clearwire is sitting on an awful lot of spectrum, including the (far more heavily used globally) 2600 MHz band (EUTRAN VII, a.k.a. ITM-E).
Then again, I /still/ don't understand why on earth AT&T wants to build their LTE network over 1700 MHz--IMO they'd be much better off using extra PCS frequency acquired from T-Mobile (1900 MHz in combination with AT&T's existing PCS licenses), or IMT (1900/2100 MHz) for far better global synchronicity (LTE looks like a six-frequency pony: 700-900-1800-1900-2100-2600).
06-12-2011, 12:27 AM #9
Maybe I'll finally get some reception at school
06-12-2011, 01:27 AM #10
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06-12-2011, 02:13 AM #11
Cingular + ATT+ T mobile= Monopoly & Madness
06-12-2011, 06:38 AM #12
06-12-2011, 07:23 AM #13
No effect on competition with Verizon and Sprint.
06-12-2011, 09:42 AM #14
I don't know why sprint would be worried. Their prices are far superior than AT&T and Verizon. I would easily pick Sprint over AT&T and Verizon if price were an issue. Plus they have any mobile and truly unlimited data so you really can't beat that.
06-12-2011, 03:55 PM #15
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06-12-2011, 10:31 PM #17
wow, i'll waiting for the result!
06-13-2011, 10:23 PM #18
so, the wolf that guards the hen house is telling the hens everything is ok. what a shocker!
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06-13-2011, 11:45 PM #19
Fewer competitors = more stagnation and less incentive to innovate and provide better customer service. What happens after At&t acquires T-Mobile and Verizon makes a move to acquire Sprint? Then we're left with 2 major cellular providers in the US. Both of which will appear as competitors, but can easily hold hands behind closed doors to drive up prices for American consumers. Here in the good ol' U.S.of A. we already have the most arcane and outdated cellular service model compared to the rest of the world with our contractual agreements and subsidized phone pricing that it's ridiculous, add to that fact of only having 2 major "competitors" and you kill the need for development and innovation, then those 2 have the ability to just nickle and dime everyone to death with no real improvement in network coverage. Just my 2cents.