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  •  Why was the AT&T/T-M merger blocked (0+ / 0-)

    in the first place?
    (I haven't followed this at all).

    Just going by the brief info you gave, that merger seemed logical and productive, when compared to this one.

    Ayn is the bane! Take the Antidote To Ayn Rand and call your doctor in the morning: You have health insurance now! @floydbluealdus1

    by Floyd Blue on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 06:07:59 AM PST

    •  It would have reduced (0+ / 0-)

      "the market" to only two carriers . . . AT&T and Verizon . . . which, since the FCC can't seem to regulate anything, might have been "bad" (or at least slightly worse than three scarcely regulated carriers).

      In fact the AT&T merger made sense . . . it would have eliminated redundent infrastructure (while accelerating upgrades) and provided better service (coverage and support) for users of both networks.  The continued existance of T-Mobile (as a separate entity) makes no sense at all.

      The only "winner" is Verizon . . . which does not have to face the costs of maintaining two separate networks (as the divided GSM world does) and gets more profits as a result.

      Fake Left, Drive Right . . . not my idea of a Democrat . . .

      by Deward Hastings on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 06:41:51 AM PST

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    •  Fears that phone rates would go even higher (0+ / 0-)

      AT&T-T-Mo would have ensured that any prospect of this country having four national networks, like, say, Great Britain, would have been out the window, and at the time there were real fears for Sprint's survival so there were fears that we'd be down to two networks and a duopoly.

      So the Obama Justice Department objected to it, and it was blocked accordingly.

      The big development since then is that Sprint has acquired a huge amount of spectrum and really gotten their act together financially, and we now have three national networks with the possibility of a fourth.

      The real issue, for me, isn't the FCC.  It's the continued assault on unions in general — the Republican-induced paralysis at NLRB, the continued existence of the Taft-Hartley Act, individual states deciding that even Taft-Hartley "right-to-work (for less)" provisions aren't sufficient, and so on.

      Allowing "T" to merge with T-Mobile would have been great for the employees of that particular company, but the bigger picture for the rest of us wouldn't have been so hot; no solution to worker rights in general, Sprint in a much more difficult position for finding partners and new financing, and phone rates through the roof.

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