sarahthomas1011 12/5/2012 | 5:44:25 PM
re: AT&T Blames FCC for Price Hikes

That's a good point. AT&T can't fire the FCC, but it'll probably fire someone.

In the meantime, like I've had to tell some of my friends, it's time to stop talking about the breakup and move on.

Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 5:44:25 PM
re: AT&T Blames FCC for Price Hikes

"Bitterness" is a good way to put it. Some of Stephenson's complains might have had some credence, but it was hard for him not to sound like a sore loser.

Still haven't heard of anyone losing their job over the T-Mobile deal. You'd think someone had to have taken the fall for that.

fgoldstein 12/5/2012 | 5:44:24 PM
re: AT&T Blames FCC for Price Hikes

Let me get th is stragiht.  On the one hand, ATT is whining that they are desperate for more spectrum, which is why they wanted T-Mobile.  On the ohter hand, ATT is whining that so much customer traffic has been offloaded onto WiFi that they are not making enough money to cover their investment, so they have to raise prices.

The contradiction is breathtaking.  If it were not ATT, one would begin to wonder, but ATT routinely does things like this to test the fealty of their puppet analysts, regulators and legislators.

DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 5:44:22 PM
re: AT&T Blames FCC for Price Hikes

I can see why Stephenson is upset. AT&T spends millions on lobbying (research/PR) organizations and what have they getting for their money? You can't outright bribe a Senator but you can make sure they understand your needs and point of view. So, AT&T has a right to be upset. It made an investment in influence and got a result that doesn't help it pay for its investment.

joset01 12/5/2012 | 5:44:13 PM
re: AT&T Blames FCC for Price Hikes

Maybe they should have focused on the urban network density story as the initial reason to buy T-Mobile then. Using the spectrum for rural access was going to take a lot more time and investment from AT&T.

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