AT&T and T-Mobile merger is clearly in deep waters after US government has decided to file the papers in court challenging the merger. The story might sound like a rumor but the story is real and it was first published by the Bloomberg, which says that the United States government has just filed court papers in Washington, D.C. to stop the two from becoming one.
The setback to the merger has come despite the duo promise to deliver almost 5000 jobs to the US government. The merger was announced by the nation’s second largest carrier earlier this year to acquire the T-Mobile for $39 Billion. The deal would leave only three major wireless companies in the U.S., which is the reason why the U.S. government has decided to turn into the court.
The major side effect of the spoiled deal will come to the T-Mobile customers in the form of missing the chance to own an iPhone 5, which has not yet been reported coming to the carrier. According to the latest reports coming out to the news agencies, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski has issued the statement saying:
“Although our process is not complete, the record before this agency also raises serious concerns about the impact of the proposed transaction on competition.”
Addressing the sudden change in the mood of the US government, Wayne Watts of the AT&T issued the statement on the behalf of his own company saying:
We are surprised and disappointed by today’s action, particularly since we have met repeatedly with the Department of Justice and there was no indication from the DOJ that this action was being contemplated. We plan to ask for an expedited hearing so the enormous benefits of this merger can be fully reviewed. The DOJ has the burden of proving alleged anti-competitive effects, and we intend to vigorously contest this matter in court. At the end of the day, we believe facts will guide any final decision, and the facts are clear. This merger will:
· Help solve our nation’s spectrum exhaust situation and improve wireless service for millions.
· Allow AT&T to expand 4G LTE mobile broadband to another 55 million Americans, or 97% of the population;
· Result in billions of additional investment and tens of thousands of jobs, at a time when our nation needs them most.
We remain confident that this merger is in the best interest of consumers and our country, and the facts will prevail in court.”