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FCC: AT&T's T-Mobile buyout isn't in the public's best interest

By Matthew · 11 replies
Nov 22, 2011
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  1. The FCC has taken preliminary measures to thwart AT&T's desired acquisition of T-Mobile today, according to a Wall Street Journal report. Agency chairman Julius Genachowski issued a draft order this…

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  2. trparky

    trparky TS Evangelist Posts: 591   +502

    It would be funny if only if it was funny, you know what I mean?

    It takes a special kind of person to sit there and dish out lie after lie like that and not even think twice about it. That, and it takes a special kind of company to do that too.

    Increase investment? Don't make me laugh. AT&T is a company that has consistently shown a complete lack of investment unless it's absolutely necessary and even then they are scared of spending even a single dime on their network/infrastructure.

    Their pathetic excuse for a mobile network is proof of that. Can you say dropped calls? Slow data? Sky-rocketing ping times? You can't even stream low bit-rate music without constant buffering on a smart phone in my area due to the completely useless mobile network.

    Their short-sighted investors are the ones I blame along with their completely incompetent CEO.
  3. I don't want to trash AT&T too much, since their existence does create competition, but I'd love to see this deal fall through and them dish out the 9 billion to T-Mobile.

    ..and not just because; but the fact this merger was announced and pursued, has affected T-Mobile. As proof, just look at what happened to HP when they announced the spin-off.
  4. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TS Evangelist Posts: 857   +127

    Kind of shocking. I figured the whole of our government was corrupt. Looks like someone at the FCC wasn't paid off, after-all.
  5. i wouldnt mind if facbook bought tmobile and mine it as a seperate company. just think of the possibilities.
  6. bexwhitt

    bexwhitt TS Evangelist Posts: 419   +130

    the creation of many thousands of new jobs is a blatant lie
  7. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,536   +1,343

    I wonder what network the CEO of AT&T use? Guessing not his own but T-Mobiles?
  8. Greg S

    Greg S TS Evangelist Posts: 1,607   +443

    I agree, merging = same amount of jobs just a bigger company
  9. TorturedChaos

    TorturedChaos TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 821   +29

    I am really glad that someone in the FCC is standing up and saying "this looks like a bad idea for consumers". The idea of AT&T buying out T-Mobile is scary as hell, terrible for competition, and worst of all would let them completely have us consumers by the short hairs.
    I REALLY hope this buyout gets stopped.
  10. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 3,164   +1,416

    Actually, merging USUALLY screws up both companies. There are now two management teams each wanting to do things their own way, and if anything, there would be jobs lost in the short term, and if they succeed, jobs gained in the long term.

    Merging companies is a prime time for the competition to steal business because it takes a long time to get the wrinkles ironed out. Look at Daimler-Chrysler... One makes great engines, the other, great transmissions. They thought it would be great, and it only lasted from 1998 to 2007.

    Don't assume you're combining companies like Play-Doh and just getting one seamless bigger one.
  11. all of you saying that new job creation won't happen, are wrong!!! just wrong!!

    first, at&t would cut 25,000 jobs....then they would create NEW jobs; about 2,500.
    there!! NEW jobs created!!!
  12. veLa

    veLa TS Evangelist Posts: 858   +311

    Businesses spew bullshit like that. If they acquired T-Mobile think of all the jobs they'd phase out due to redundancies.

    Although I enjoy using 4G speeds with my GS2 on AT&T

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