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    Posted: 31 August 2011 at 11:47am
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The Justice Department filed suit Wednesday to block AT&T's $39 billion deal to buy T-Mobile USA on grounds that it would raise prices for consumers.

The government contends that the acquisition of the No. 4 wireless carrier in the country by No. 2 AT&T would reduce competition and thus lead to price increases.


Isn't this like communism or some crap like that?




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Communism is awesome.
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Originally posted by Skillet42565 Skillet42565 wrote:

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Originally posted by Rofl_Mao Rofl_Mao wrote:

Isn't this like communism or some crap like that?

Not in the slightest way, no.
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AT&T aquiring any service is bad juju.

Encouraging competition is as capitalistic as it gets.
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From my understanding, the main reason AT&T wanted to buy them up was for their infrastructure, not to get rid of competition. Also hearing part of the merger deal was an agreement to bring 5k call center jobs back to the U.S. and as well as another potential 80k+ jobs to further expand the infrastructure. Sounded like a win/win situation to me.

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DOJ took ur jerb.
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Originally posted by High Voltage High Voltage wrote:

DOJ took ur jerb.
Not really, my pay scale is pretty far above call center flunky. However, it does seem like it would have some fairly decent lower end positions. Infrustructure build ups could have brought in some nice revenue though. In the end it may have affected me if it brought an increase in communications hardware investment. The electronic component industry could use a nice uptick in demand. Lots of inventory on the shelf these days. So in that respect, yeah it could have had some effect on me I guess.
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Originally posted by Rofl_Mao Rofl_Mao wrote:

Isn't this like communism or some crap like that? 


Almost the opposite, really. 

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Atlas is shrugging.

I'm actually surprised this didn't go through. I'm sure it will in a few years. As a T-Mobile customer, I was already expecting for them to raise my plan price, as soon as my contract ended.

Leaving me to choose between AT&T and Verizon, both having highest prices out there.

AT&T already has a strangle hold on the world market. They first went out to conquer the rest of the world, and now they are working on the U.S. Scary to think, that pretty much all fiber optic cables running under the ocean, are owned by AT&T.
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Originally posted by impulse418 impulse418 wrote:

Atlas is shrugging.

What is this I don't even.
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Originally posted by impulse418 impulse418 wrote:

Scary to think, that pretty much all fiber optic cables running under the ocean, are owned by AT&T.


I bet they're intercepting secret government transmissions and modifying them to suit their own agenda!


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Originally posted by oldpbnoob oldpbnoob wrote:

From my understanding, the main reason AT&T wanted to buy them up was for their infrastructure, not to get rid of competition. Also hearing part of the merger deal was an agreement to bring 5k call center jobs back to the U.S. and as well as another potential 80k+ jobs to further expand the infrastructure. Sounded like a win/win situation to me.

Maybe they could hire all the Sprint employees that would lose their jobs after the company turned belly up.
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Originally posted by impulse418 impulse418 wrote:


 Scary to think, that pretty much all fiber optic cables running under the ocean, are owned by AT&T.
I could be wrong, but would venture a guess that they own them because they are the ones that laid them? I remember a time when Ma Bell owned everything phone related.
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Originally posted by oldpbnoob oldpbnoob wrote:

Originally posted by impulse418 impulse418 wrote:


 Scary to think, that pretty much all fiber optic cables running under the ocean, are owned by AT&T.
I could be wrong, but would venture a guess that they own them because they are the ones that laid them? I remember a time when Ma Bell owned everything phone related.


Wow I never could have put 2 and 2 together. Thanks OPBN!


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Wait wait wait.... See, Cingular bought the old AT&T wireless and Cingular was SBC and Bell South working together. Then SBC bought out the non-wireless end of AT&T. Then, SBC acquired Bell South. So this lawsuit has no merit as AT&T isn't merging with/acquiring anyone. It's SBC that would be acquiring T-Mobile, not AT&T since AT&T technically doesn't exist anymore as anything other than a logo.

Also, plenty of competition out there. Cricket, Virgin, Tracphone, et cetera. And finally, I want my AT&T phone to work not only in the wilds of West Virginia (where it does quite well though no other company does) but also in the middle of Alexandria, VA (where AT&T sucks, but T-Mobile rules).
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Agreed, tallen. The stats in the article I read were making it sound like only 4 cell providers existed. Confused
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Originally posted by impulse418 impulse418 wrote:

Originally posted by oldpbnoob oldpbnoob wrote:

Originally posted by impulse418 impulse418 wrote:


 Scary to think, that pretty much all fiber optic cables running under the ocean, are owned by AT&T.
I could be wrong, but would venture a guess that they own them because they are the ones that laid them? I remember a time when Ma Bell owned everything phone related.


Wow I never could have put 2 and 2 together. Thanks OPBN!


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Originally posted by impulse418 impulse418 wrote:

Wow I never could have put 2 and 2 together.

See, given your previous posts in a number of other threads, that's a legitimate concern.
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Honestly, after trying to truly determine who owns the TAT, it's kinda murky. It simply says a consortium of telecommunications companies own it. Couldnt really find a break down showing any percentages or what, so actually my statement could be totally wrong.
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