FCC wants your input on the AT&T/T-Mobile Merger

April 30, 2011
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With the upcoming $39 Billion AT&T/T-Mobile USA merger, it's quite understandable that users of both networks are concerned how it will affect them. The FCC is concerned as well and has started a new commentary portal for users concerned with the mega merger. Users can go to the FCC ECFS Site here, and look for proceeding number 11-65 with the title “In the Matter of applications of AT&T Inc. and Deutsche Telekom AG for consent to assign or Transfer Control of licenses and Authorizations. ” Then you can fill out the form and follow the prompts to have your voice heard.

Everyone is chiming in on this merger. As we reported here, other networks have officially filed objections with the FCC. Consumer Reports, however, is of the opinion that service should improve for both networks as a result of the marriage. But they also think that T-Mobile customers will see a price hike. They also say that those who object to it are more likely to have more to lose.

As we reported shortly after the news broke on the merger, T-Mobile has gone so far as to assure their customers that the merger won't be completed overnight, but that AT&Ts conversion of their 4G network will take years. Meantime, users will still be able to enjoy T-Mobile's service and that upgrading of phones and services will happen according to a normal service life of each contract. In the end, T-Mobile customers will have a faster, more robust network. But if you're concerned, the FCC definitely wants to hear from you.

[via PhanDroid]


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  • Mrstrat

    I can’t see any benefit to TMO customers from this merger.

  • Mrstrat

    I can’t see any benefit to TMO customers from this merger.

  • Mrstrat

    I can’t see any benefit to TMO customers from this merger.

  • Cypher

    For ease, here’s the URL you need: http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs/upload/display?z=mc787

    Just copy, paste that into your address bar, then type in the proceeding number (11-65) and fill out the rest. You have to attach a doc (pdf or some such) to have your comment filed. I used .txt file myself.

  • Mawurks5

    Att will discontinue some of t-mobile phones. Shutting form production lines , causing lay offs. Contrubuting to unemployment, and no medical benefits. Less phones produced means less to sell causing more lay offs and in some cases shutting down entire stores. Which means less phones shipped hurting fed ex, UPS. & usps. Although ATT will agree to keep a certain amount of employees, they will claim a larger loss of business then projected. Therefore if they do not shut down more manufacturer’s, and stores they will have to do a price increase to cover expenses. Later they will still increase prices. Claiming its for the better meant of current employees. But the price increase will drive consumers to another carrier. Causing possibly more lay offs. The other carrier will also increase prices believing the consumers now have no other choice in carriers.

    • Anonymous

      Wow you really stretched that as far as you could didn’t you.

    • Anonymous

      Wow you really stretched that as far as you could didn’t you.

  • Mawurks5

    Att will discontinue some of t-mobile phones. Shutting form production lines , causing lay offs. Contrubuting to unemployment, and no medical benefits. Less phones produced means less to sell causing more lay offs and in some cases shutting down entire stores. Which means less phones shipped hurting fed ex, UPS. & usps. Although ATT will agree to keep a certain amount of employees, they will claim a larger loss of business then projected. Therefore if they do not shut down more manufacturer’s, and stores they will have to do a price increase to cover expenses. Later they will still increase prices. Claiming its for the better meant of current employees. But the price increase will drive consumers to another carrier. Causing possibly more lay offs. The other carrier will also increase prices believing the consumers now have no other choice in carriers.

  • E Hugus

    I wish I could be as positive about this merger as you point out. The cost is too high. AT&T has not had a great business plan from it’s past practices. It put all of its money into the IPhone and did not support its infrastructure or its customer service. How can we expect better service?

  • Anonymous
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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RBOCBZYY5EHVZ5MMEPYJMYG4QA Glenn

    This is how much AT&T values its customers .

    http://www.philly.com/philly/business/20110501_Consumer_11_0__Supreme_Court_takes_a_big_step_toward_shutting_consumers_out.html

    As long as AT&T has this much contempt for its customers they will never get better . They certainly shouldn’t be allowed to be handed tens of millions of new customers . This also shows the uphill climb of getting this merger stopped .

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Geo-Krunch/100001200759658 Geo Krunch

    Everyone here needs to type a complaint directly to FCC at the page referred in this article. Here is the link again:
    http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs/hotdocket/list