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Leaked AT&T Letter Damages Case For T-Mobile Merger 201

An anonymous reader writes "Yesterday a partially-redacted document briefly appeared on the FCC website, accidentally posted by a law firm working for AT&T on the $39 billion T-Mobile deal (somewhere there's a paralegal looking for work today). While AT&T engaged in damage control, telling reporters that the document contained no new information, a review of the document shows that's simply not true. Data in the letter undermines AT&T's primary justification for the massive deal, while highlighting how AT&T is willing to pay a huge premium simply to reduce competition and keep T-Mobile out of Sprint's hands."
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Leaked AT&T Letter Damages Case For T-Mobile Merger

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  • Re:Nothing new here (Score:5, Informative)

    by Baloroth ( 2370816 ) on Friday August 12, 2011 @05:15PM (#37074004)

    You're right, anyone who is surprised by this is, well, lacking in foresight, to put it diplomatically. The merger was obviously about anti-competition, especially given that T-Mobile is one of only two contract companies (Sprint is the other) to undercut Verizon and At&T prices and data caps. This deal should not only not go through, the attempt should result in massive penalties against AT&T (splitting the company? Forced regulation of prices or removal of data caps? Ah, one can dream.) More likely, this will be brushed under the table, the right people will get "campaign donations", and everything will go smoothly. For AT&T. And the customers will get screwed. More screwed, that is. But, in the wireless provider business in America, that's pretty much how these things go.

  • by immakiku ( 777365 ) on Friday August 12, 2011 @05:38PM (#37074240)
    Law 1: not true. In a competitive market, the corporation that can give customers the most value will keep the most value for itself. What you say is only true in monopolistic and (sometimes) oligopolistic environments. In this case, however, the market is pretty much an oligopoly. That's why the government has to step in to determine if this merger is something that allows AT&T to compete better and provide more value to the customers or if it's something that will altogether transfer more value from customers to AT&T.
  • Re:US cell system (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 13, 2011 @02:51AM (#37077432)

    to be fair you were likely in NYC which makes that NYC's problem, not the rest of the country. In fact, living in a different city I would say that NYC as a whole is dirty, smells of urine(and trash) and has lots of rats. While my city only has above ground trains, they are far cleaner and well maintained compared to those in NYC.

    if you visit one place in the US, you do not have a good idea of how the US is run. each state runs things differently, we are not all LA/NYC.

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