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News Story
8/15/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
As federal and state agencies consider whether the proposed merger between AT&T and T-Mobile will be good for consumers and the economy, the companies and various consumer groups are waging a public battle to get their viewpoints front and center. An Aug. 9 letter [PDF] to the Federal Communications Commission from the California-based...
News Story
8/12/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
In a surprising turn of events, the mega merger that consumer watchdogs decried, but most deemed a fait accompli, faces a real risk of disintegrating at the hands of federal regulators. Last last night, a new poll of policy analysts examining the proposed $39 billion merger between AT&T and T-Mobile found that the deal was now more likely to...
News Story
8/11/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
As AT&T makes its case in Washington for why federal regulators should approve its proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA, AT&T must also pass muster with state utility commissioners and attorneys general in more than a dozen states. The proposed merger between the nation’s second-biggest wireless provider AT&T and...
News Story
8/10/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
AT&T Inc. (T), looking to win approval for its proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile, is facing a challenge in California where regulators have raised questions about the deal’s effect on consumers and corporate customers. The state’s Public Utilities Commission has held seven public discussions of the bid, under the...
News Story
8/10/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
More than 100 U.S. mayors have expressed support for AT&T's proposed acquisition of mobile rival T-Mobile USA, AT&T said Wednesday. The mayors of Miami, St. Louis and Sacramento, California, are among those from 24 states calling for the U.S. Federal Communications Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice to approve the deal....
News Story
8/10/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
The FCC decides to review AT&T's proposed acquisition of T-Mobile and Qualcomm spectrum licensing together. The Federal Communications Commission dealt a blow to network operator AT&T by tying together the company’s proposed acquisition of rival carrier T-Mobile USA with a $1.9 billion deal that would see AT&T acquire...
News Release
8/10/2011
Posted by Harvey Rosenfield
"Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me." SANTA MONICA, CA --  Consumer Watchdog urged U.S. and California officials yesterday to reject the proposed AT&T/T-Mobile wireless merger, calling to their attention that AT&T made the same promises of lower prices and better services before the Cingular/AT&T...
Blog Post
8/9/2011
Posted by Harvey Rosenfield
Will federal officials fall for AT&T’s promises and approve its multi-billion dollar merger with T-Mobile, when AT&T made exactly the same promises seven years ago and then betrayed them – costing its cell phone customers a fortune? Maybe the feds will think twice after getting our letter, which explains what happened after...
News Story
8/9/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
AT&T Inc.'s proposed $39 billion purchase of T-Mobile USA Inc. should be rejected because it will lead to higher prices for consumers, the public-interest group Consumer Watchdog told regulators. “T-Mobile customers who are forced to migrate to AT&T’s network will have to buy new phones, agree to more expensive rate...
Courtroom Case
8/15/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Fighting to Redress Overcharged Consumers After Merger of Wireless Giants (Coneff v. AT&T Corp.) U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, No. 2:06-cv-00944-RSM U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, No. 09-35563 Following the 2004 acquisition of AT&T Wireless Services, Inc. by Cingular Wireless LLC, Consumer...