AT&T petitions to delay trial while Dish Network set to swoop in

AT&T petitions to delay trial while Dish Network set to swoop in

Summary: AT&T is hoping to push off the anti-trust trial regarding its proposed bid for T-Mobile until next year, but the mobile provider might have new competition on its hands.

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AT&T is hoping to put off a court ruling regarding its proposal to buy T-Mobile USA as long as possible, but T-Mobile might have other options if all doesn't go to AT&T's plan.

Deutsche Telekom, AT&T, and even the U.S. Department of Justice (which opposes the AT&T/T-Mobile USA merger) have petitioned U.S. District Court Judge Ellen S. Huvelle to put off any further Court proceedings until at least January 18.

AT&T has also issued the following statement as an update in regards to its $39 billion proposed bid to takeover the nation's fourth largest mobile provider:

AT&T is committed to working with Deutsche Telekom to find a solution that is in the best interests of our respective customers, shareholders and employees. We are actively considering whether and how to revise our current transaction to achieve the necessary regulatory approvals so that we can deliver the capacity enhancements and improved customer service that can only be derived from combining our two companies' wireless assets.

However, it's possible that T-Mobile has other plans at this point...or at least other parties have plans for T-Mobile.

Dish Network, the nation's second largest satellite TV provider, is planning to try to partner with T-Mobile if the merger bid doesn't go through, according to Bloomberg.

Dish CEO Joseph Clayton told Bloomberg that his company "could merge its spectrum assets with T-Mobile to create a strengthened competitor to AT&T and Verizon Wireless." Having Dish as a partner also has other possibilities for T-Mobile.

For one, as Verizon is reportedly planning its own digital streaming service (reportedly with Redbox), this route could open the door for T-Mobile to do the same using Dish's content and platform.

At this point, the chances of the FCC approving AT&T's request to buy T-Mobile USA are looking slimmer by the day. Recent moves such as proposing to pool network assets into a joint venture with Deutsche Telekom as well as selling off spectrum and subscribers to smaller mobile providers have come off looking like last-ditch efforts to salvage whatever is left of this proposal.

It also doesn't help that AT&T lashed out at the FCC after the department issued a staff report asserting its opposition to the merger.

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  • RE: AT&T petitions to delay trial while Dish Network set to swoop in

    I'd much rather have Dish Network or another company that is NOT a cellular carrier buy/partner/merge with T-Mobile than to have any carrier buy/partner/merge with them.
    athynz
    • RE: AT&T petitions to delay trial while Dish Network set to swoop in

      @Pete "athynz" Athens As a T-Mobile customer, this is one buyout I'd like as well.
      jgm2
  • RE: AT&T petitions to delay trial while Dish Network set to swoop in

    Really? I don't think Dish as a foward company with their programming and services compared with DirecTV that is the clear leader and moves foward, and the programming selection and Sports Features dish don't have. So it's a joke that dish wants to maybe swoop in for parts of network bandwith.
    QuietStormX
    • RE: AT&T petitions to delay trial while Dish Network set to swoop in

      @QuietStormX A joke? They already bought Blockbuster. Dish plus Blockbuster plus T-Mobile equals a very interesting combination.
      jgm2
      • RE: AT&T petitions to delay trial while Dish Network set to swoop in

        @jgm@... an interesting combination is not always a winning one, nor is it always a good one for the consumer. A cable company buying up a cell carrier could try pushing it's cable service over that network as an add-on feature, which would result in service degrading far worse than anything you could get otherwise due to causing network congestion without actually adding subscribers.
        Vartra
  • RE: AT&T petitions to delay trial while Dish Network set to swoop in

    Tmobile still wont have the coverage it needs to play with the other big boys. Tmobile is great, when you have service. It seems to be only good in nice, big, urban areas. Leave that, and your coverage sucks
    tiderulz
  • RE: AT&T petitions to delay trial while Dish Network set to swoop in

    I can't see any real benefit (personally) for either scenario, that is, AT&T getting T-Mobile, or Dishnetwork. I live in a rural area where AT&T absorbed Alltel towers when it was bought by Verizon. I used to have Alltel, & thought finally, I would have a decent signal in my house with AT&T, because I had nearly full strength with Alltel. Didn't happen! I still am stuck with a microcell (provided by AT&T) & really, really, really poor internet service provided by Century Link. I mean, it just barely is fast enough to work with the microcell, on a good day. Verizon probably would probably provide stronger signal strength in my house, but they have issues other places I go where AT&T is stronger ( & faster ), then there is the customer service & price, where in my experience having had both, AT&T wins by a large margin! Then, if you have an iPhone, being able to multi-task which you can't do with a CDMA (Verizon) system is pretty significant, too.
    What I can't understand, is if it is the goal of the FCC to prevent monopolies, why are they worried about AT&T when there are so many other areas that have had such a negative impact on our economy?
    retmico