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    Re: Should AT&T and T-Mobile be allowed to merge?

    No those wirless teles are ripping us off as it is...imagine if there was only one or two of them...

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    Re: Should AT&T and T-Mobile be allowed to merge?

    Quote Originally Posted by mattillac View Post
    Thanks for the honesty, if you don't mind me asking.....Do you think the merger will put people out of work and leave some unemployed ?
    Sure... eventually after the merger some duplicate jobs will be moved. However, companies usually do this through long mergers, 1-2 years after the merger and by no back filling with outside hires. Inside hires take the priority, groups that are duplicates are urged to move / apply to other organizations within the new company and outside hires are limited. For example, the SBC / AT&T purchase saw a very small amount of jobs lost. Many long standing employees were given buy out packages to retire, others were moved, and after a few years some in fact did lose their jobs but that was all muted as many of those duplicated organizations and groups were used elsewhere in the company.
    I think if Thomas Jefferson were looking down, the author of the Bill of Rights, on whats being proposed here, hed agree with it. He would agree that the First Amendment cannot be absolute. - Chuck Schumer (D). Yet, Madison and Mason wrote the Bill of Rights, according to Sheila Jackson Lee, 400 years ago. Yup, it's a fact.


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    Re: Should AT&T and T-Mobile be allowed to merge?

    Once again, I appreciate your response.
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    Re: Should AT&T and T-Mobile be allowed to merge?

    Well unless it violates some law which I dont think it does then YES of course they should.

    But Im not up on monopoly laws etc.

    that said thats my stance theres no reason to stop them.
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    Re: Should AT&T and T-Mobile be allowed to merge?

    Quote Originally Posted by BDBoop View Post
    Does Comcast sort of fit in this conversation as a look at a "This is what happens when cable giant eats the rest of the options" kind of way?
    Cable Companies are a bit different, I am no fan of their quasi government protected monopoly however. (as in the same guise as utilities) Small regional wireless companies can pop up as we have seen in the past decade. Attempt to start up a TV service company? Good luck.

    As for the merger, let them. Sprint is just pissed because they're merger with Nextel bombed like a mother with one of the main reasons being the two carriers were different wireless technologies. Sprint CMDA, Nextel IDEN.
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    Re: Should AT&T and T-Mobile be allowed to merge?

    I don't understand why (some) conservatives/libertarians support huge business agglomerations in industries that already aren't very competitive. It's almost as though for some people, a lack of government intervention is an end itself, instead of a means to an end (i.e. a more competitive marketplace). Capitalism should be about competition, not about a total lack of any government intervention whatsoever. Anti-monopoly laws are absolutely necessary because capitalism simply doesn't work very well if you don't have a competitive marketplace. And the US telecom industry is atrociously uncompetitive, thanks to the fact that four carriers essentially dominate the landscape.
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    Re: Should AT&T and T-Mobile be allowed to merge?

    I think when it comes to a subject like the telecom companies a strict free-market private approach does not make much sense. In order to have national service in this country you are going to need a large company, that is just a fact. There seems to be little reason why the competitive nature of the market would not lend itself to a few or even just one company being the primary provider eventually. Any such company will, as a result, have considerable power in both business and politics. Just look at the kind of positions past and present heads of Verizon have held. I do not think such companies gobbling each other up is a positive thing so long as they are held by a select number of wealthy private shareholders.
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    Re: Should AT&T and T-Mobile be allowed to merge?

    I believe the decision needs to be made on economic factor.

    I this going to reduce consumer costs, and at what price to jobs, as mergers often result in reductions in the workforce.

    Do the savings offset the cost of lost jobs, and what effect will all this have on local economies.

    This has to be about more than how you feel.
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    Re: Should AT&T and T-Mobile be allowed to merge?

    No as it means less competition.
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    Re: Should AT&T and T-Mobile be allowed to merge?

    Quote Originally Posted by PeteEU View Post
    No as it means less competition.
    Would you ever allow a merger?

    Btw, for those opposed to the merger I hope you are aware that T-Mobile has no future in America.
    Last edited by Henrin; 07-11-11 at 06:19 AM.

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