Tag: telecommunications

AT&T’s Revenge

Cross posted from The Stars Hollow Gazette

The big business news that hit the “airways” yesterday was the announcement that AT&T’s plan to gobble up T-Mobile for a mere $39 billion which would create the largest wireless carrier in the US and leave just three major cellular companies in the country: AT&T, Verizon and the much smaller Sprint Nextel. Hold on, was I dreaming, or did we taxpayers spent a fortune of are hard earned tax dollars to break-up AT&T? Are those ten years of litigation and the consequent pain in the royal tuchas for consumers that it created a mere practical joke?

The deal still must pass muster with the from both the Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission. as has been pointed out in the NYT:

Unlike the merger of Comcast and NBC Universal, which consolidated a transmission company and a content provider, the proposed AT&T and T-Mobile deal is a “horizontal merger” that would combine two companies that had been direct competitors.

As part of their assessment, antitrust lawyers must determine whether the deal might undermine efforts to encourage broadband service competition between wireless and landline providers. AT&T and Verizon both control a major segment of the landline market, so by allowing them to dominate wireless services as well, the merger could effectively hurt competition for broadband delivery options.

All in all, the consumer is the one who bears the brunt of these mega-mergers with increased rates and diminished service. Remember AT&T’s penchant for hidden charges?

How about jobs? What happens to all those T-Mobile employees? The newly merged company would save $3 billion a year with the expected  closing of hundreds of retail outlets in areas where they overlap, as well as the elimination of overlapping back office, technical and call center staff.

Everything old is new again.  

Mental Health Alert–Go Dark

As we approach year end spare yourself the recap of the year’s past events.  Do you really want to relive your worst nighmare?


Most admired?  OK, 6 out of ten zombified mouth breathers we polled………

I rest my case.

I can simply point to the most recent FCC decision to allow further media consolidation equating that to the true and final creation of the Ministry of Truth.

Also up, next year starts the destruction of the net.

Remember net neutrality?  Watch as the shitstorm of AOLism comes to the “telecommunications” industry.


Want ads on your cell phone?  You are going to get them.

Want more vacuous airheaded mainstream material streaming content piped directly into your internet enabled cell phone?

Want “levels” of “service”?

266 bidders for the upcoming 700Mhz “auction”.  Ok, I do take this at face value.  The government is selling RF spectrum off to private corporate interests  Thereby polluting my atmosphere further with electromagnetic energy while telling me I have to give up a car due to “global warming”.

Newly found site, leans right, but the purest amoung us realize this is deception.


Hey, I did get new Apocalyptic horse riding boots for Christmas.