The FCC has been getting hordes of letters from those supporting and not supporting the possible AT&T and T-Mobile merger. If you haven’t yet heard about it, AT&T has offered up a measly $39 Billion for the purchase of T-Mobile, which would make AT&T the largest wireless carrier in the USA. While other carriers like Sprint have been getting support from consumer related groups to try and persuade the FCC into stopping the merger, AT&T has been gaining immense support from other tech companies. One of these companies being Research In Motion.
Some believe that if the FCC approves the merger, AT&T could hike up prices immensely. The lesser the competition the easier it would be to ‘name their price’. RIM likely approves of the merger as it could possibly create a more universal BlackBerry option for the customers that would come under AT&T’s wing. Do you think this merger could help the consumer? What motives do you think RIM could have for supporting this possible merger? Hit the break for the official letter RIM and others sent to the FCC chairman.
Julius Genachowski, ChairmanFederal Communications Commission445 12th
Street, SWWashington, D.C. 20554
June 6, 2011
In the Matter of applications of AT&T Inc. and Deutsche Telekom AG for consent toassign or Transfer Control of licenses and Authorizations
Dear Mr. Chairman,Today, consumers are increasingly using smart phones, tablets, laptops and othermobile devices to wirelessly connect to the Internet and to each other. We expect access toour content, information and services wherever we are. As a result, consumer demand forwireless broadband is dramatically increasing and our wireless networks are struggling to keeppace with the demand. Given the network capacity challenges, policymakers must givemeaningful consideration to AT&T’s
acquisition of T-Mobile as a means of addressing their nearterm wireless broadband capacity needs.
Despite the network challenges presented by the surging consumer demand, the UnitedStates must continue to lead in wireless broadband technologies. U.S. companies are at theforefront of driving innovations in devices, applications and services and an ever evolvingwireless network is essential to realizing new and innovative offerings. An increasingly robustand efficient wireless network is part of a virtuous innovation cycle and a healthy wirelessecosystem is an important part of our global competitiveness.
AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile represents a near term means of addressing the risingconsumer demand. For example, the merged company will be able to leverage a largernetwork of cell sites allowing greater reuse of spectrum and increasing the wireless broadbandcapacity of the network. Furthermore, AT&T has indicated that it will migrate the T-Mobilenetwork to LTE technology and offer LTE-based wireless broadband to 97.3 percent of the U.S.population. AT&T has stated that its LTE deployment will bring significant benefits to residentsof rural areas and smaller communities, where the benefits of real-time video and similarcapabilities are most urgently needed to fill gaps in physical infrastructure for healthcare,education, and other social needs.ADVERTISEMENT
The challenge of keeping pace with consumer demand and continuing to lead globally inwireless broadband services and products requires that we tackle the issue on multiple fronts.Many policy related efforts will not be able to quickly address near term capacity needs. The FCC must seriously weigh the benefits of this merger and approve it. Such action will help tomeet the near term wireless broadband needs of consumers and ensure that we are globallycompetitive as the world increasingly embraces wireless broadband connectivity.
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