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

    The government has no place telling private companies they can't merge.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by CarlF View Post
    The government has no place telling private companies they can't merge.
    .... of course they do, if that merger is detrimental to the consumer and competition in the market. If there was no government control, then there would be monopolies almost everywhere. Walmart would have driven every single competitor out of business, and Standard Oil would be the only oil company in the US.
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    Re: Should AT&T and T-Mobile be allowed to merge?

    As I said a week ago "In the real market monopolies are hard to maintain and hard to come by".

    Your assessment might be popular but its very uninformed.

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

    The merging of AT&T and T-Mobile would hardly create a monopoly.
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    Re: Should AT&T and T-Mobile be allowed to merge?

    Quote Originally Posted by DashingAmerican View Post
    The merging of AT&T and T-Mobile would hardly create a monopoly.
    Not a monopoly persay...but it would definitely create an even more concentrated oligopoly, in an industry that is already too concentrated and uncompetitive. IMO we should be moving in exactly the opposite direction. AT&T and Verizon should be broken apart, as they utterly dominate the telecom landscape. Having AT&T acquire T-Mobile will make matters even worse.
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    Re: Should AT&T and T-Mobile be allowed to merge?

    I find it interesting that the same people who are so quick to rail against government monopolies are often fully supportive of corporate monopolies. I think that people often repeat the "government is inefficient" meme without really understanding WHY that is (sometimes) the case. It's not just because it's government, it's because of the inherently monopolistic nature of government. When government services are inefficient, it is often because of the fact that the government has no competition for some of its services...exactly the same reason that corporate monopolies are often inefficient and overly expensive.
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    Re: Should AT&T and T-Mobile be allowed to merge?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    I find it interesting that the same people who are so quick to rail against government monopolies are often fully supportive of corporate monopolies. I think that people often repeat the "government is inefficient" meme without really understanding WHY that is (sometimes) the case. It's not just because it's government, it's because of the inherently monopolistic nature of government. Often it is because of the fact that the government has no competition for some of its services...exactly the same reason that corporate monopolies are often inefficient and overly expensive.
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    Re: Should AT&T and T-Mobile be allowed to merge?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    I find it interesting that the same people who are so quick to rail against government monopolies are often fully supportive of corporate monopolies. I think that people often repeat the "government is inefficient" meme without really understanding WHY that is (sometimes) the case. It's not just because it's government, it's because of the inherently monopolistic nature of government. When government services are inefficient, it is often because of the fact that the government has no competition for some of its services...exactly the same reason that corporate monopolies are often inefficient and overly expensive.
    That is fail.

    Government can make it so you can't get out from their fingernails.

    In the shear chance that monopoly forms( and no not that subjective definition nonsense) its still just a service you can perfectly ignore.
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    Re: Should AT&T and T-Mobile be allowed to merge?

    Quote Originally Posted by Henrin View Post
    That is fail.

    Government can make it so you can't get out from their fingernails.

    In the shear chance that monopoly forms( and no that subjective definition nonsense) its still just a service you can perfectly ignore.
    Yep, you could just get out of a telecom monopoly by living as a hermit and sending letters on pigeons.
    Just like you could just get out of a DMV monopoly by moving next door to your office and biking everywhere.
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    Re: Should AT&T and T-Mobile be allowed to merge?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    Yep, you could just get out of a telecom monopoly by living as a hermit and sending letters on pigeons.
    Just like you could just get out of a DMV monopoly by moving next door to your office and biking everywhere.
    There is not a monopoly in the telecom industry and even if there was if you didn't want to be part of it you would live just fine, and all your freedom would still be intact.

    Btw, your biking argument is fail. If you ride your bike on the road you are still under governments command. Even the bike is under their command. :P

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