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Public Knowledge Sees Chances of AT&T Takeover Of T-Mobile ‘Almost Gone’

November 24, 2011 AT&T , Press Release

 

Background: AT&T said late yesterday it would withdraw its application to take over T-Mobile from the Federal Communications Commission, while continuing to fight the antitrust case from the Justice Dept. in court. It would also take a $4 billion charge against earnings.


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


“After today’s actions, the chances that AT&T will take over T-Mobile are almost gone. While you can never count out AT&T entirely, the fact that they pulled their FCC application speaks volumes about the company’s lack of confidence that it could prove in a legal setting at the FCC the claims it spent millions of dollars to make about job creation and rural deployment of broadband, among other issues.

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Public Knowledge Commends FCC Chairman Genachowski For AT&T Takeover Action

November 22, 2011 AT&T , Press Release

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

“It is entirely appropriate for FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski to ask his colleagues to assign the AT&T takeover of T-Mobile for an administrative hearing. This is a course the Commission has taken before in similar circumstances, and there is no reason it should not do so now.

“Chairman Genachowski is to be applauded for standing up to AT&T’s lobbying machine and moving forward to a hearing designation. We hope that the other Commissioners will follow the Chairman’s lead and move swiftly to vote the hearing designation order.

“Public Knowledge has said since the Department of Justice filed its suit, the law clearly requires the FCC to hold an evidentiary hearing. As we have seen, the Commission has continually asked AT&T for information about many of the company’s claims that the takeover is in the public interest.

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Public Knowledge Criticizes FCC ‘Reform’ Legislation

November 16, 2011 FCC , Press Release

The House Communications and Technology Subcommittee this morning approved legislation (HR 3309) to change the way the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) considers and implements new rules.

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

“The ‘reform’ legislation approved this morning by the House Communications Subcommittee would make a sham out of the principles which have guided our communications laws for the past 75 years. 

“Instead of relying on a fundamental concept of the public’s interest, convenience and necessity in a rule, or in the approval of a transaction, the legislation instead defers to industry’s interest and convenience.

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Public Knowledge Disappointed With House Intellectual Property Hearing

November 16, 2011 Press Release , SOPA

The House Judiciary Committee today held a hearing on HR 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). 

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

“This hearing was a great disappointment to those of us who work to achieve a balanced copyright policy.  The comments of the vast majority members of the Judiciary Committee clearly reflected the views of only one industry – the big media companies which are pushing this bill, yet another piece of legislation to impose Draconian measures on the technology sector – the fastest-growing and most productive part of our economy.

“By focusing solely on those concerns, the Committee overlooked real and substantive objections from interests ranging across the spectrum from human-rights groups to entrepreneurs to Internet engineers to civil libertarians.  No one from these communities was invited to testify today.

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Public Knowledge Disappointed With FCC Refusal To Make Recusal Information Public

October 28, 2011 FCC , Press Release

Background: The FCC today declined to make public recusal statements from Commission employees. 

The Commission letter to Public Knowledge is here

PK’s original request is here.

The following statement is attributed to Harold Feld, legal director of Public Knowledge:

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Public Knowledge Skeptical of FCC’s Universal Service Plan

October 27, 2011 Broadband Authority , Press Release

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

 “We appreciate the effort and commitment the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) dedicated to tackling the universal service system, which is in need of serious reform.  We also appreciate that the Commission recognizes the importance of non-traditional broadband providers, such as community-based institutions, and will seek comment on how to enhance the ability of these entities to serve their local communities.

“At the same time, however, we share the concerns of other consumer organizations that the Commission’s actions will lead to higher prices at a time when the average American is watching every penny. We hope that the mechanisms adopted by the Commission to prevent this prove adequate, and that this and future Commissions will have the political will to address problems that may arise.

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Public Knowledge Sees Dangers In New Intellectual Property Bill

October 26, 2011 Broadband , Press Release

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

“The new House legislation (HR 3261) is an unwarranted expansion of government power to protect one special interest.  The bill would overturn the long-accepted principles and practices of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act notice and takedown process in favor of a one-sided enforcement mechanism that is far more broad than existing law while not attempting to protect the rights of anyone accused of copyright infringement.

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Public Knowledge Notes AT&T Hypocrisy In Selling Spectrum

October 26, 2011 AT&T , Press Release

The following statement is attributed to Harold Feld, legal director of Public Knowledge:

 “It has recently come to our attention that AT&T is engaged in selling spectrum at a time when AT&T is telling the government and the public it needs to take over rival T-Mobile because it needs spectrum.

 “The sheer hypocrisy behind this action is almost beyond belief.  Given that the sale was publicly disclosed in July, it is unfathomable that AT&T for months has been trying to make spectrum a central reason why the $39 billion takeover of the fourth-largest national carrier is needed.”

Note:  AT&T’s offer to sell spectrum is here

The chart was part of an article in the law firm’s June 27 bulletin, here.

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Public Knowledge Congratulates AT&T On Another Great Quarter — But It’s Still Cutting Jobs

October 20, 2011 AT&T , Press Release


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

“This morning, top AT&T officials announced their third quarter financials, which included resurgent wired service results to go along with their wireless results.  The company also reported 13 percent increase in earnings per share.

“For the record, AT&T reports 256,210 employees, down from 267,720 a year ago.

“And this is the company that says it will create 96,000 jobs by buying out its competitor T-Mobile?  That’s not likely.”

Note: employment information here.

Note: The 96,000-job figure AT&T claims comes from a study that actually projects 96,000 job years — big difference.  The study refers to “a job held for a single year,” not creation of jobs.

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Public Knowledge Asks For Information on T-Mobile Options Without Takeover

October 18, 2011 AT&T , Press Release

Public Knowledge today asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to request from AT&T and Deutsche Telekom  (DT) specific information about courses of action for T-Mobile USA if AT&T’s takeover is not completed.

In a letter to the Commission’s Wireless Bureau, PK Legal Director Harold Feld noted that recent news reports indicated DT had a “Plan B” in case the takeover fell apart, and that DT is considering selling off pieces of the company.

“This news is in stark contrast to statements by AT&T and others that T-Mobile will only become viable if AT&T acquires it. These revelations raise several important questions about T-Mobile’s helplessness without AT&T, which AT&T has explicitly relied upon in contending that this merger serves the public interest,” Feld wrote.

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