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Thread: DOJ mulls 4th carrier as condition of Sprint/T-Mobile merger approval

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    Quote Originally Posted by offthegrid View Post
    ....If someone pretending to be a Judge in a Federal Court doesn't understand the difference between a binding obligation set as a condition of a merger versus someone talking outside of what's in writing the issue is with the Courts....
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    Quote Originally Posted by mogelijk View Post
    Fox Business is reporting that Pai (FCC) and Delrahim (DoJ) met on Friday about the T-Mobile merger, to discuss the merger and try to end the government's involvement. "People with direct knowledge of the government’s activities say a final government decision on the merger could come as early as this week."

    From what sources are saying, the two met to try to work out what needed to be done to give approval to the merger, as well as to try and fend of any challenges from state AG's to the merger. Based on this, it appears the government is planning to approve the merger but will require divesting some spectrum, and another prepaid business in addition to Boost (maybe Virgin Mobile?), as well as a framework to enforce the promises that T-Mobile has made (likely in terms of price increases, jobs, rural network coverage, etc).
    That's what it sounded like to me when I read some articles a few minutes ago. This has been a roller coaster ride but I agree it looks like leaning towards approval from doj.

    The bad thing is this will probably bring out a long delay which sucks
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    Quote Originally Posted by offthegrid View Post
    If it's not in writing in the merger conditions then it means nothing. If it's in writing in the merger conditions then there is a way to enforce that condition. If someone pretending to be a Judge in a Federal Court doesn't understand the difference between a binding obligation set as a condition of a merger versus someone talking outside of what's in writing the issue is with the Courts.
    sounds like your okay with these companies lying (as long as it is not in writing it is okay in your book) to get what they want, and as long as it is not in writing, it is perfectly fine in your book to screw customers. you think it is okay for someone to be in court and "promise" things, like saying how allowing the merger would lead to lower prices, then as soon as it happens jack up the prices? okay.

    at&t has a long history of lying. you know, how at&t and verizon promised broadband build-out in exchange for hundreds of billions of subsidies over the past 15 years or so.

    so its cool you really like these mega corporations. I on the other hand have never, and will never believe they actually have consumers first or best interests in mind. Tmobile wants to be just like at&t and verizon. None of their 'concessions' have been all that impressive.

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    There is a report that T-Mobile has buyers for the assets the government wants them to divest, so that the Federal Government will approve the merger.

    Of course, the question is if any of the ten states that are suing to stop the merger will be satisfied by the assets T-Mobile will be selling (which allegedly includes at least two prepaid brands).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Qt0 View Post
    sounds like your okay with these companies lying (as long as it is not in writing it is okay in your book) to get what they want, and as long as it is not in writing, it is perfectly fine in your book to screw customers. you think it is okay for someone to be in court and "promise" things, like saying how allowing the merger would lead to lower prices, then as soon as it happens jack up the prices? okay.

    at&t has a long history of lying. you know, how at&t and verizon promised broadband build-out in exchange for hundreds of billions of subsidies over the past 15 years or so.

    so its cool you really like these mega corporations. I on the other hand have never, and will never believe they actually have consumers first or best interests in mind. Tmobile wants to be just like at&t and verizon. None of their 'concessions' have been all that impressive.
    It sounds like you don't understand the difference between a contractual legal obligation and a statement which is neither contractual nor binding. The world is built on contracts not on promises. That's a fact that most people become aware of early on in life.

    I've read all those blog posts on ARS Tech and DSL Reports where they use themselves as sources for stories which are one big circle of see we said this two years ago with no sources then either. Those blogs are click bait factories using non facts to create a better click bait. These stories become taken as fact and used as references down the road when there was never any actual corroboration.

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