If you haven’t noticed, not everyone thinks that sunshine and puppy dogs will come from AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile USA, many of which have had no problems voicing that opinion, either. The new FCC filings regarding the acquisition have prompted little Magenta to respond.
“The opponents of the AT&T-T-Mobile merger have had their final say as part of the FCC’s formal pleading cycle and, not surprisingly, they have failed to offer any credible arguments to support their view that the Commission should deny the transaction. What is surprising, however, is their repeated head-in-the-sand insistence that no spectrum crisis exists. As part of their application,3 AT&T and T-Mobile provided a compelling showing of their need for more spectrum to continue to provide quality service to customers and roll out new technologies in the future. And the two companies have demonstrated that a combination of their networks and spectrum holdings is by far the best way to solve this problem and ensure improved service and enhanced innovation. The FCC has long acknowledged the harmful consequences of ignoring the spectrum crunch, and we are confident it will approve our proposed market-based solution.”
Other carriers aren’t the only ones who oppose the merger of the two companies, as many of T-Mobile’s customers, including myself, don’t want to see this happen. Still, both T-Mobile and AT&T remain steadfast, and look to be unfazed about the whole ordeal. Initially, many believes that the merger wouldn’t go through no matter how hard the two pushed for it, but now it definitely looks like it will become a reality, eventually.
The acquisition of T-Mobile would make AT&T the nation’s largest mobile carrier in the US, leapfrogging Verizon Wireless. Of course, Sprint would then be the smallest carrier in the country, which may explain its hard stance against the merger happening.
We still have a while before we get the final say, but it looks like I’ll be dropping out of T-Mobile sometime next year.