Well, it’s about time, isn’t it? After all the opposition to the proposed AT&T/T-Mobile merge, Magenta has finally released an official statement. You can read the full statement below, but it basically repeats most of what we heard at the Senate hearing over a month ago. T-Mobile essentially supports the deal, stating that both companies are in a “spectrum crunch”, and the merge would solve this issue, while providing vast amounts of coverage to Americans. No word on how the FCC will respond to this statement, but rest assured, they’re taking a good hard look at the deal itself.
The opponents of the AT&T-T-Mobile merger have had their final say as part of the FCC’s formal pleading cycle and, not surprisingly, they have failed to offer any credible arguments to support their view that the Commission should deny the transaction. What is surprising, however, is their repeated head-in-the-sand insistence that no spectrum crisis exists. As part of their application, AT&T and T-Mobile provided a compelling showing of their need for more spectrum to continue to provide quality service to customers and roll out new technologies in the future. And the two companies have demonstrated that a combination of their networks and spectrum holdings is by far the best way to solve this problem and ensure improved service and enhanced innovation. The FCC has long acknowledged the harmful consequences of ignoring the spectrum crunch, and we are confident it will approve our proposed market-based solution.
Thanks to Patty for the tip!