left the FCC for a job at Comcast.
In addition, “…the DOJ’s 25-page antitrust complaint filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia reads more like a move toward a settlement than a document leading to a trial, said David Balto, an antitrust attorney and former policy director at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission” (as reported by IDG).
Certainly, AT&T donations have been a very good predictor of politicians’ responses to the news that the deal may be blocked.
Keep writing to the appropriate officials, explaining calmly and clearly why you oppose any kind of deal allowing AT&T to take over T-Mobile. Maybe even send them campaign donations, if they will be running for election soon.
If the DoJ settles, there is an attempt to fight the merger via consumer lawsuit.
No. T-Mobile is making a profit. It just isn’t making a big enough profit to satisfy Deutsche Telekom, who are more concerned with investing money in their European operations, where competition is much stronger.
It’s true that T-Mobile’s subscriber numbers have been dropping. However, the AT&T deal has likely made things worse. In mid 2010, T-Mobile was losing around 54,000 contract customers per quarter. Once the AT&T takeover was announced, that shot up to 380,000 per quarter. There has certainly been no sign of any improvement in customer retention since the deal was widely publicized.
Part of the ‘problem’ is that T-Mobile offers excellent deals without needing a contract; people who were happy with their old phones would simply not bother to sign another 2 year contract. Once the AT&T takeover plan went public, the number of customers willing to sign a 2 year contract that might wed them to AT&T apparently dwindled.
I myself would likely have signed a contract and upgraded to a better phone, if it hadn’t been for the announcement.
There are many reasons, but let me summarize a few:
You may want to mention these points in letters to government officials. Keep writing, because with $7 billion at stake, you can be sure that AT&T will be lobbying even harder in the upcoming months. © mathew 2017
© mathew 2017