I don't see how AT&T can fight the DoJ, FCC, Sprint, and Cellular South by the 9/20/2012 deadline.
Their own lawyers say if the trial(s) take too long, the deal will be dead.
Get ready to pay up AT&T. :-D
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Not much more, you understand, just a glimmer.
Even though the deal between the two looks murkier every day, there still remains the bigger question of what's going to happen to T-Mobile? I think they come out of this scarred and with a bigger black eye than AT&T from the consumers view.
Sprint can't afford to (nor should they) buy them, Dish just signed an agreement with Sprint so maybe they are out, so what choices does T-Mobile have?
Although small, they do have a decent product offering and make money but I can't imagine what "Plan B" is going to be.
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Well, ATT is always getting anything it after for according to WIKI
There's actually a strong support for this deal.
It's great to have allies but what standing do they have for a telecommunications merger?
What dog do they have in this fight?
I'm not ant-union by any means but unions are interested in gaining numbers since they are hurting right now. It would be a complete opposite if it was T-Mobile acquiring AT&T. Even the Teamsters and UAW have gained membership by unionizing occupations that would not have been the norm years ago.
The most interesting argument now is the DOJ claiming that they don't have to act on AT&T's buyout because now that the FCC application is withdrawn, there is insufficient procedural evidence that the buyout will actually happen or that AT&T has the intent to complete the buyout -- therefore DOJ would be wasting its time on a deal that 1) procedurally cannot said to be serious since there is no FCC application pending, 2) could change or drop at anytime -- both the DOJ and FCC have to sign off on the SAME deal and it really can only be the same if they are under review at the same time.
I think this last point is important: Even if on paper, the deals look the same, if the FCC reviews the deal 2 years after the DOJ reviews it, well the marketplace could be quite different, the context of the deals could be very different. Already, VZW's buyout of the cableco's AWS spectrum had changed the landscape/context of the deal. So I agree with DOJ that AT&T must have applications to both the DOJ and FCC at the same time, and the same deal, otherwise it is pointless for DOJ to do the review and go to court (spending quite a lot of money doing so...)