Items tagged "AT&T"

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Public Knowledge Calls AT&T Takeover of T-Mobile Illegal

June 20, 2011 AT&T , Press Release

AT&T’s takeover of T-Mobile is illegal under the Communications Act, Public Knowledge will argue in a filing to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

The Communications Act (Sec. 314) bars the FCC from approving transactions that lessen competition or restrain commerce between the U.S. and foreign countries.  In its reply comments to the FCC, PK said:  “As the record shows, even under the most cramped and restrictive reading of the statute, Section 314 prohibits the transfer of facilities and assets between AT&T and Deutsche Telekom. The Commission has received numerous submissions from foreign carriers, foreign governments, and others that the combination of assets will “substantially lessen competition” in international roaming for GSM-based carriers.”

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Public Knowledge and Future of Music Coalition Tell FCC To Reject AT&T Takeover of T-Mobile

May 31, 2011 AT&T , Press Release

AT&T and T-Mobile failed to prove why they should be allowed to merge, even failing to meet their own public-interest standards, according to Public Knowledge and the Future of Music Coalition.

 

The filing is here.

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Public Knowledge Statement Opposing AT&T Takeover of T-Mobile

May 25, 2011 AT&T , Press Release

Public Knowledge President and Co-Founder Gigi B. Sohn today criticized AT&T’s takeover of T-Mobile, saying, “It would be hard to imagine a takeover that could do more harm to consumers.”  She spoke at a Capitol Hill press conference hosted by Rep. John Conyers, Jr., the senior Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee.

Her statement follows:


Statement of Gigi B. Sohn
President and Co-founder of Public Knowledge
May 25, 2011


It would be hard to imagine a takeover that could do more harm to consumers than AT&T buying out its competitor, T-Mobile.  If this deal is allowed, about 80 percent of the market share and 90 percent of the revenue will belong to two companies – AT&T and Verizon.

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Groups Ask FCC To Investigate Broadband Data Caps

May 6, 2011 AT&T , Press Release

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) should require reports from AT&T about the impact of broadband caps on consumers, two public-interest groups said in a letter to the Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau.

Public Knowledge and the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Initiative (OTI), told the Bureau that, “Caps on broadband usage imposed by Internet Service Providers (ISPs) can undermine the very goals that the Commission has committed itself to championing.”  

The letter is here.

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Public Knowledge Comment On Latest Misleading Congressional Letter

May 28, 2010 AT&T , Comcast , Network Neutrality , Press Release

Earlier today, 171 of 177 House Republicans signed a letter opposing the proposed actions of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to ensure economic growth and to protect consumers.

The following statement is attributed to Gigi B. Sohn, president and co-founder of Public Knowledge:

“Today’s House letter, combined with that signed by 74 Democrats a couple of days ago, is nothing more than a demonstration of the unparalleled political and lobbying muscle of the telecommunications industry.  The biggest companies are spending millions and millions of dollars to buy this Congress.  AT&T spent $6 million in the first quarter of this year alone.

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Public Knowledge Statement on AT&T Net Neutrality Letter

December 15, 2009 AT&T , FCC , Network Neutrality , Press Release

Earlier today, AT&T filed a letter with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) offering the company’s views on Net Neutrality.

The following statement is attributed to Gigi B. Sohn, president and co-founder of Public Knowledge:

“The latest AT&T letter to the Commission adds nothing to the Net Neutrality debate, and in some ways detracts from the discussion because it distorts the public policy positions of others.

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Public Knowledge Welcomes DoJ Investigation of Telecom Industry

July 6, 2009 Antitrust , AT&T , Competition , Press Release

The following statement is attributed to Gigi B. Sohn, president and co-founder of Public Knowledge:

“The Justice Department should be commended for taking a new look at potential antitrust issues in the telecommunications industry, reportedly focusing on the largest carriers. Consumers have suffered over the past 10 years as the industry has consolidated and strengthened its hold over which services can be offered and which equipment can be used. Competition is almost non-existent in crucial services for home and business use.

“This examination is long overdue. We expect that inquiry itself will be of great value.”

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Yale School of Management’s Case Study on AT&T/T-Mobile: Lessons for Today

June 10, 2019 Anticompetitive mergers , AT&T , Sprint , StopTmobileSprint , T-Mobile

In 2011, Public Knowledge fought hard against the AT&T/T-Mobile merger, until it was finally called off just nine months after its announcement. The merger, which would have led to higher prices and fewer choices for consumers, faced tremendous opposition. Today, we see many of the same industry talking points for the T-Mobile/Sprint proposed merger: false claims about deployment of next-generation networks, market concentration, pricing, and rural broadband access. So we were glad to see that the Yale School of Management added a section on the AT&T/T-Mobile proposed merger as a case study to its Antitrust Enforcement Data project. The project, featuring a wide range of data, serves as a resource for information and economic analyses on antitrust enforcement.

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AT&T Raises Prices After Merger Approval, Proves DoJ Was Right to Sue

March 13, 2019 AT&T , ATTTime Warner , DOJ , Litigation , Time Warner Cable

In light of AT&T’s decision to raise the prices on DirecTV Now subscribers by $10/month, and to drop channels like MTV, Comedy Central, BET, and BBC America (while adding more AT&T-owned content to the bundle), it’s worth reviewing some of what the telecom giant claimed during the recent trial over its merger with Time Warner:

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In the Aftermath of the AT&T/Time Warner Decision, There’s Still Hope

June 19, 2018 AT&T , ATTTime Warner , Competition , Mergers , Time Warner

Last week was a difficult week for antitrust and consumer rights advocates. On Monday, the net neutrality rules (the ones that kept internet service providers from acting as gatekeepers of the internet) officially went off the books. (We are, of course, fighting to bring them back.) The next day, U.S. District Judge Richard Leon issued a ruling permitting the AT&T/Time Warner mega-merger to proceed, in a lawsuit brought on by the Department of Justice. This ruling was more troubling news for consumers, as well as for the future of online competition.

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