DOJ to launch in-depth investigation of AT&T’s plan to buy T-Mobile USA

“The Justice Department has decided to pursue an in-depth investigation of AT&T’s plan to buy of T-Mobile USA, according to a source familiar with the deal,” Diane Bartz reports for Reuters. “Justice Department spokeswoman Gina Talamona declined to confirm that the antitrust division had deepened its probe. ‘Our investigation is ongoing,’ she added.”

“AT&T’s $39 billion bid to buy Deutsche Telekom AG’s T-Mobile USA would concentrate 80 percent of U.S. wireless contract customers in just two companies: AT&T/T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless, a joint venture of Verizon Communications and Vodafone Group Plc.,” Bartz reports. “Because of the size of the AT&T/T-Mobile deal, and because the companies are major players, it was always expected that the Justice Department would take months before signing off on the deal or deciding to challenge it.”

Bartz reports, “The Federal Communications Commission must also approve the deal before it can go forward.”

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6 Comments

  1. I hope that they block the deal. ATT and Verizon need a couple of smaller market players to help keep them in check.

    But I don’t see how the DOJ could block the buyout.

  2. I hope they don’t block it. If it’s not approved T-Mobile will be bought buy someone else for sure and it would just delay this longer and T-Mobile will not invest more into it’s LTE.

  3. AT&T was once broken up, now it simply bought all the parts back, what joke.

    Without competition there will never be a free Internet again, never unlimited access.

  4. It’s $39 billion folks. The investigation will see some of those funds diverted to grease the squeaky wheels. The deal will go through. Besides, I need T-Mobile taken over so I can have the iPhone.

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