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    DOJ Opens Review of Telecom Industry

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    From the Wall Street Journal

    "The Department of Justice has begun an initial review to determine whether large U.S. telecom companies such as AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. have abused the market power they've amassed in recent years, according to people familiar with the matter.
    The review of potential anti-competitive practices is in its very early stages, and it isn't a formal investigation of any specific company at this point, the people said. It isn't clear whether the agency intends to launch an official inquiry.
    Among the areas the Justice Department could explore is whether wireless carriers are hurting smaller competitors by locking up popular phones through exclusive agreements with handset makers, according to the people. In recent weeks lawmakers and regulators have raised questions about deals such as AT&T's exclusive right to provide service for Apple Inc.'s popular iPhone in the U.S...."
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    Wow, this is interesting. Wonder if it could be the end of handset exclusivity amongst the carriers.
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    Very interesting!!

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    The govt would serve best to stay out of the telecom biz. If a phone maker wants to provide exclusive rights to a particular carrier and they reach agreeable terms, then that's their business. Its all strategy and hard work. Att and verizon didn't become big players without hard work and learning/taking over this biz.

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    Socialists getting ready to take over the telecomm industry? I wonder......

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    The root of this is whiny customers who complain that they can't get an iphone on verizon or can't get a bold through tmobile etc etc. A Bold on T-Mo is possible, but a subsidy on that bold isn't available. Anyways once they get their way on exclusivity deals, they'll try for contracts. Then they'll bitch about the high cost of devices
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    The govt would serve best to stay out of the telecom biz. If a phone maker wants to provide exclusive rights to a particular carrier and they reach agreeable terms, then that's their business. Its all strategy and hard work. Att and verizon didn't become big players without hard work and learning/taking over this biz.

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    Socialists getting ready to take over the telecomm industry? I wonder......



    The root of this is whiny customers who complain that they can't get an iphone on verizon or can't get a bold through tmobile etc etc. A Bold on T-Mo is possible, but a subsidy on that bold isn't available. Anyways once they get their way on exclusivity deals, they'll try for contracts. Then they'll b**** about the high cost of devices
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    All Quoted For Truth.

    They talk like AT&T and Verizon are putting guns to cell makers heads and forcing them to give the exclusive right's to their phones. No, these companies pick these two cause they are the best.

    If you spent millions of dollars on research and product development, you would want your device on the best network out there, to give the consumer their money's worth and to have your product function at it's best.

    To say that its starting a "monopoly" is over exaggerating. Come on these are Smartphones, luxury items even. I'm sorry but an iphone is not a necessity for a healthy life, and America is not gonna crumble due to the fact that only one provider offers it.

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    it will be interesting to see how the handset makers, in fact, responsd to the potential threat of increased scrutiny.

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    It would be easier for me to feel that this is an area that should be left alone except that theses are 2 of the companies involved in other business practices that prevented me from getting phones with them to begin with. Net neutrality!
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