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Rebel Sprint Fights AT&T Empire
Sprint is likely trying to force more concessions

AT&T plans to gobble up smaller wireless carrier T-Mobile in order to grab additional wireless spectrum and bolster its network performance. While the FCC and other regulators will likely approve the deal, some in the wireless industry and some consumer groups think that the deal is bad for consumers.

Sprint is among those vocal about the possibility that the merged AT&T and T-Mobile would harm the wireless market. Sprint maintains that by combining the second and fourth largest wireless carriers you are creating a market where AT&T and Verizon will hold 80 percent of the wireless customers. Sprint says that the ownerships of such large parts of the wireless market would mean that pricing and competition were harmed.

Sprint is taking its fight to Washington with the help of lobbyists. Some think the best Sprint can hope for is to influence how much of the merged companies have to be sold off by regulators as conditions for the deal.

“What they’re doing is way more about concessions than about any real hope of stopping the deal,” said Timm Bechter, a telecommunications analyst at Waddell & Reed.

Bechter believes that the merger approval for the AT&T and T-Mobile deal will ultimately be granted.  The reason the deal is expected t get the nod by regulators is that AT&T has a lot of political muscle of its own and is expected to use the merger as a way to get wireless broadband into more areas. President Obama has been pushing for more access to broadband and wireless is the best answer for many areas.

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By Uncle on 4/25/2011 12:56:49 PM , Rating: 3
" Hey buddy whose your wireless carrier." "AT&T". "Whoe's yours" "AT&T"."Oh wow, they must be a great company." "No, their the ONLY company in town."

RE: Monopoly
By gamerk2 on 4/25/11, Rating: -1
RE: Monopoly
By Ammohunt on 4/25/11, Rating: 0
RE: Monopoly
By BSMonitor on 4/25/2011 4:30:53 PM , Rating: 4
How many times would you like history to repeat itself?

I mean, really, it's not like there has ever been a phone company that ended up with a monopoly and had to be broken up by the government.


RE: Monopoly
By Targon on 4/25/2011 11:07:29 PM , Rating: 2
So how about Verizon? As a local phone company, they absorbed company after company after company, and have used the land that has been government/taxpayer subsidized to provide cellular service. Do you REALLY think that Verizon had to go through the same legal issues that AT&T has when putting up cell phone towers in areas where it provides local landline telephone service?

RE: Monopoly
By atlmann10 on 5/12/2011 12:44:17 AM , Rating: 2
Lol; that is the funniest comment. When At&t was last convicted of being a monopoly, and then forced to split up. Verizon was a research division of At&t/Ma Bell which left the company. Then was or became a joint venture between them and Vodafone. So the answer to you question Targon is both yes and no.

theres a typo in there
By tekzor on 4/25/2011 1:44:27 PM , Rating: 2
The reason the deal is expected t get the nod by regulators is that AT&T has a lot of political muscle of its own and is expected to use the merger as a way to get wireless broadband into more areas

RE: theres a typo in there
By SirKronan on 4/25/2011 2:04:52 PM , Rating: 2
This makes me like Sprint a lot more, though.

RE: theres a typo in there
By redbone75 on 4/25/2011 2:24:00 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, but Carrier IQ gives me pause...

RE: theres a typo in there
By Adul on 4/25/2011 7:04:11 PM , Rating: 2
There are plenty of ROMs that rip that out like the ACS rom for the epic 4g.

RE: theres a typo in there
By xeno81 on 4/25/2011 9:13:16 PM , Rating: 2
Nameless ROM, for the Optimus S, also rips it out. There's a .zip file you install after flashing it, that guts it. :)

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