AT&T/Mobile Papers To Read

For those of you want to keep up with some of the latest merger hell related news by reading primary sources, I have some material here for you.

First, the court filings from the Department of Justice:


And the DeathStar’s response:


And here’s the letter that the traitor Democrats sent asking the President to stop the lawsuit:


Dems After President to Stop DOJ AT&T Lawsuit!

File under WTH??

Looks like fifteen DINOs (Democrats In Name Only) have asked the President to step in and stop the DOJ’s lawsuit against the AT&/T-Mobile merger. Apparently the merger should be allowed to go through, you know, if the President is REALLY serious about creating jobs for Americans.

Yeah. Because no one from T-Mobile is going to get fired if this happens. Because AT&T promises, you know:

“Owen Smith, AT&T’s regional vice president for Maine, said Tuesday that he couldn’t comment on T-Mobile’s business decisions because the two companies are still separate. However, he repeated the company promises. “More recently, we indicated that no wireless call center employee of either AT&T or T-Mobile on the payroll at the close of the merger would lose their job as a result of the merger,” Smith said.” (my emphasis)

They aren’t promising anything for people who work in the stores or anywhere else, of course. It looks like they don’t have to worry about much post merger firing. If you click the link above the quote, you’ll see that T-Mobile has already started firing employees!

And then there’s this quote from a CWA (Communication Workers of America) three pager about how they are going to protect job loss during and after the merger. Right from the mouths of the people inside, we learn:

“CWA is also working to return off-shored work before any U.S.-based workers lose their jobs. Current collective bargaining agreements stipulate establish the policy that “traditional wireless work will not be contracted out if it will currently and directly cause layoffs or part-timing of regular employees.” Thus, employees cannot be laid off while bargaining unit work has been outsourced. In recognition of this agreement, Randall Stephenson testified before the House Judiciary subcommittee that force reductions will take place first at outsourced sites before U.S. company sites.”

So it’s not that Americans within the merged companies won’t be fired. Even the union says it could happen. It’s just that workers in other countries will be fired FIRST.

I guess this article is titled right: Where It Pays to Deceive.

Virgin Mobile says forget AT&T, join the party!

OMG, I love this ad!! Virgin Mobile mocks the proposed merger, urging customers to come join the fun! The best part: the girl standing in for Carly has an awesome line at the very end while the creepy old guy representing AT&T is moving in on her. Be sure to hang in for it!

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Resistance Art: Anti AT&T Merger Ads

Ok, so after awhile news coverage of a merger can drag on. Which is why I let it fall off the blog. But then, thanks to the links I get from my Pulse News app, I found out that Save The Internet has a new outreach going on to help voice resistance to the merger.

I looked the site over, and they have some really excellent talking points, most of which are put together in easy to understand PDF’s. The site looks great. The commercials are awesome. Here’s one for your viewing pleasure:



If you want to check the site out, you can start at the page with all of the videos and vote for your favorite.

We’re Flooding the FCC!

I just swung by the FCC’s Express filing website to put my 3 cents in about the merger from hell. And what did I see? That far and away this situation is blowing up their site.

In the matter of AT&T…has collected 3,386 comments so far.

The next closest case comes in at 389 comments. Yep, 389.

Go on over and check it out yourself. And don’t forget to leave your opinion. But remember to make it something intelligent, not just “AT&T suckz!”. 🙂

AT& T-Mobile News Round-up

Well hi there everyone. My inbox is LOADED with news about the merger none of us want to happen. Rather than write some long-winded post about it, I’ll just give you the direct news lincs and you can read it all first hand. Here you go!

The Justice Department is expanding and extending it’s review, and they want data from the competition!

The FCC wants OUR opinion on the merger. 

And they have an easy to use website just for this purpose:

No matter what, T-Mobile ads still make fun of the DeathStar:

The FCC has set a pleading schedule for starting their review:

Um, ok. This post tries to make it out that being bought by AT&T would have the positive effect of making T-Mobile by default more union friendly. Except that they wouldn’t be T-Mobile anymore for one, and even the author admits that the union got into AT&T because management was neutral. There’s a difference between neutral and friendly.

Apparently now Citigroup has gotten in on the deal. They’re now part of Deutsche Telekom’s financial advisory team. THAT increases my confidence!!

Now AT&T’s deal with Qualcomm is getting extra reg attention too!

AT&T is still saying that being a massive overlord in wireless service is GOOD for the customer! Really, it is!

No Peeking!: FCC rules no one can see the unreleased papers related to the merger. Trade secrets might be compromised. Maybe we’d learn just how much AT&T got paid for letting the government listen in on their customers?

San Antonio Texas tells us how this merger would effect them locally, including how higher phone bills would impact the Latino community.

AT&T’s Tech Chief says really, this is GREAT for competition! Really! (Why is it only AT&T people talking publically??)

OUCH! WT?? Hoffa Jr Backs Merger: Says something like it will be great to get hundreds of T-Mobile employees into the union. Um, yeah, the ones who didn’t lose their job from the merger in the first place. Why do both of the pro-union articles miss this fine point?

That’s all I’ve got for now, y’all. Enjoy the reading.