AT&T/T-Mobile Merger

In 2011, AT&T used promises of better service, increased investment, more jobs and lower prices to try to sell its proposed $39 billion takeover of T-Mobile to politicians and regulators in Washington and around the country. But the facts told a different story. The deal involved nothing more than AT&T doing what it does best: asking the government for a handout to help it crush the competition.

Despite the millions AT&T spent on campaign contributions and misleading advertising campaigns, the Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission saw through the smoke and mirrors. After the DoJ sued to block the merger and the FCC released a scathing report on the deal, AT&T dropped its takeover bid.

We stopped this anti-competitive merger in its tracks, but the fight continues. Big phone and cable companies are pushing legal boundaries in their quest to kill competition and divide up the Internet.

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  • AT&T Finally Abandons Doomed Merger with T-Mobile

    December 19, 2011

    WASHINGTON -- On Monday, AT&T and T-Mobile reportedly abandoned their proposed $39 billion merger.

    Free Press President and CEO Craig Aaron made the following statement:

  • Free Press Statement on Court Decision to Stay AT&T/T-Mobile Case

    December 12, 2011

    WASHINGTON – On Monday, AT&T and the Department of Justice jointly requested to stay further court proceedings on the AT&T-T-Mobile merger, which was granted by the court.

    Free Press Research Director S. Derek Turner made the following statement:

  • Free Press: AT&T's Procedural Ploys Don’t Change Facts of T-Mobile Takeover

    December 9, 2011

    WASHINGTON – On Friday at a status hearing, the Department of Justice discussed the possibility of postponing its legal challenge against the AT&T/T-Mobile merger. The Department of Justice may seek to delay the trial until AT&T refiles its request for approval of the merger with the Federal Communications Commission.

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