FCC Requests Comments from the Public Regarding AT&T/T-Mobile Merger

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  1. dgstorm

    dgstorm Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 22, 2011
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    The United States FCC is currently considering the AT&T acquisition of T-Mobile, and has created an online Electronic Comment Filing System, to find out what the general public thinks of it. You can head over to the link below and leave your opinion on whether the AT&T buyout of T-Mobile would be good or bad for you as a consumer and the industry as a whole. We don't want to steer you in a certain direction, but most of us hold the opinion that this merger would be bad for the industry and consumers. The folks at AndroidPolice summed it up nicely with the following points:
    • A lack of competition resulting from fewer, larger carriers may result in less innovation and increased prices.
    • Both carriersÂ’ 4G HSPA+ bands are incompatible, risking loss of coverage for T-Mobile handsets once AT&T LTE starts rolling out
    • Only one major carrier will be buying GSM handsets, meaning they will have the lionÂ’s share of control over the GSM devices that make it to the U.S. market
    Ultimately, with AT&T in control of more Androids than ever, it could also hurt the developing Android market as well, since AT&T doesn't exactly have the greatest track record with Androids or customer service.

    Regardless of your perspective, sound off in this thread and go make it public at the FCC link. Make sure you choose The AT&T docket #11-65.

    FCC Electronic Consumer Filing System
    Source: Android.net via AndroidPolice
  2. alphawave7

    alphawave7 Moderator Staff Member

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    Thanks DG..gave'em my 3 cents worth. :p
  3. phantomandy

    phantomandy New Member

    May 6, 2011
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    Thanks - just let 'em know what I think. I hope that the FCC isn't seriously considering blocking the merger. You can argue all you want about ATT and their customer service (which isn't stellar) but a larger ATT just leads to better competition in the wireless market. More competition will yield better products and pricing for consumers as well as spur technological innovation in the market.

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