AT&T wants the whole telecom pie (again).

Pastiera slice - ready to eat
photo: Mattia Luigi Nappi
If the US FCC and DOJ allow AT&T to buy T-Mobile, there won’t be many crumbs left on the table.

its surface, the attempt by AT&T to purchase T-Mobile from Deutsche Telekom is clearly anti-competitive. Now it seems that beneath its surface, it’s clearly anti-competitive, as well.

Joan Lappin, in a Forbes Magazine article titled For ATT, It’s Deja Vu All Over Again, Even The Same D.C. Courthouse points out the absurdity of AT&T claims that this “merger” would be a good thing for consumers. Read the informative comments that follow the article.

Broadband Reports yesterday published Group Laments AT&T T-Mobile Deal ‘Cloak of Secrecy’ by Karl Bode. The article closes with:

“AT&T’s claims of job creation, network coverage expansion and infrastructure investment improvement appear to be entirely fabricated when simply examining AT&T’s own data. Other AT&T claims, such as the idea that eliminating T-Mobile and weakening Sprint would lower prices and increase competition, are easier to disprove simply by looking at history and reality.”


a happy T-Mobile customer. Their service is good, and their pricing seems fair. For speech-quality reasons, I prefer CDMA cell systems. SIM cards, used worldwide by GSM phones, are a good idea, too. In the US, AT&T and T-Mobile are the only nationwide GSM carriers. Everyone else uses CDMA (whose voice-quality is inferior). I continue to hear complaints from i-Phone users of AT&T’s mobile service. I don’t want any part of that. Any bureaucrat, elected or appointed, who signs off on this proposed “merger” (it’s actually closer to a devouring) should be removed from his or her cushy (and probably paid-for by AT&T) position.

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© Russ Bellew · Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA · phone 954 873-4695

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