• AT&T responds to U.S. government lawsuit...

    All in a day's work...AT&T has issued a formal response to the U.S. government’s lawsuit seeking to blocking the carrier’s $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA.
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    “We are surprised and disappointed by today’s action, particularly since we have met repeatedly with the Department of Justice and there was no indication from the DOJ that this action was being contemplated,” said AT&T Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel Wayne Watts in a statement delivered to BGR via email. “We plan to ask for an expedited hearing so the enormous benefits of this merger can be fully reviewed. The DOJ has the burden of proving alleged anti-competitive affects and we intend to vigorously contest this matter in court.” Watts continued, “We remain confident that this merger is in the best interest of consumers and our country, and the facts will prevail in court.” AT&T’s full statement follows below.

    UPDATE: The FCC has issued a statement regarding DOJ lawsuit, as has Sprint.

    We are surprised and disappointed by today’s action, particularly since we have met repeatedly with the Department of Justice and there was no indication from the DOJ that this action was being contemplated.

    We plan to ask for an expedited hearing so the enormous benefits of this merger can be fully reviewed. The DOJ has the burden of proving alleged anti-competitive affects and we intend to vigorously contest this matter in court.

    At the end of the day, we believe facts will guide any final decision and the facts are clear. This merger will:

    • Help solve our nation’s spectrum exhaust situation and improve wireless service for millions.
    • Allow AT&T to expand 4G LTE mobile broadband to another 55 million Americans, or 97% of the population;
    • Result in billions of additional investment and tens of thousands of jobs, at a time when our nation needs them most.

    We remain confident that this merger is in the best interest of consumers and our country, and the facts will prevail in court.

    From: BGR
    Comments 13 Comments
    1. RogerG's Avatar
      Tens of thousands of jobs? That would definitely be a good thing.
    1. Delfim's Avatar
      ^^^ Yes, but... What about Sprint? How many gonna get Sacked ?
    1. RogerG's Avatar
      Who cares?
    1. RogerG's Avatar
      Seriously, though, Sprint and Verizon will probably announce a merger in the near future.
    1. ventz's Avatar
      So Happy!! Yes Yes! ATT is like a cancer. It should simply be destroyed. Everything they touch turns to $#!t
    1. Delfim's Avatar
      If this deal goes through it's what they'll have to do.
      I remember years ago, here in Europe, the fusion of various providers into the big shark, Vodafone. There was quite an uproar. But today, Vodafone is a great provider and many others have sprung up to fill the void, surely hoping they'll be taken over as well...

      I see ventz is holding a anticipated Christmas party (lol).

      At least Vodafone services improved quite a lot.
    1. jfcooley's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by RogerG View Post
      Seriously, though, Sprint and Verizon will probably announce a merger in the near future.
      And this would make me a very happy camper. Verizon has excellent coverage up here, and I'd bet my unlimited would be grandfathered.
    1. raton's Avatar
      Sprint sucks....They should buy MetroPCS and be quiet.
    1. jfcooley's Avatar
      They may suck, but its what I got. Besides, the "free" hot spot makes up for it.
    1. dushdavj's Avatar
      So ATT spent $12 million on lobbyist and it failed they Merger is currently blocked, Sprint spent $1.9 million on lobbyist. So where does this $13.9 million go, in whose pockets? Just asking, in 3rd world countries this is called corruption or am I wrong? In the end $12 million didn't help as it was the courts that made the decision.
    1. Delfim's Avatar
      ...it's tax deductible. That makes it legal.
    1. raton's Avatar
      ^^ Kinda like when big companies sponsor some Police departments as well as some associations like Unicef?
    1. dushdavj's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by delfim View Post
      ...it's tax deductible. That makes it legal.
      Thanks for explaining Del, I knew there had to something that would make this right
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