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U.S. District Court Judge Ellen Huvelle has set February 13, 2012 as the trial date for the the DOJ’s challenge to AT&T’s proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile. The judge made the decision Wednesday after meeting with the various parties, including competitors.

U.S. District Court Judge Ellen Huvelle has set February 13, 2012 as the trial date for the the Department of Justice’s challenge to AT&T’s proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile. The DOJ wants to block this merger. The judge made the decision Wednesday after meeting with the various parties, including competitors.

AT&T and T-Mobile USA had initially asked for a January 16, 2012 trial date. The AT&T-T-Mobile USA merger has come under heavy criticism, especially from rivals like privately held Cellular South and Sprint . Seven state attorneys general have come out against the deal as well.

Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam, not surprisingly, is in favor of the merger as it allows a comfortable duopoly to exist between two former Bell companies. They can together continue to push their anti-consumer agenda if the deal goes through and there are a fewer competitors. Both AT&T and Verizon want to push metered billing and keep the prices high. I have been a loud opponent of this deal mostly because I view it as anti-consumer and unfriendly to innovation.

Cellular South issued this statement:

Cellular South is pleased with today’s scheduling hearing and looks forward to demonstrating that AT&T’s proposed acquisition of T-Mobile is blatantly anticompetitive, and will result in consumers facing higher prices, less innovation, fewer choices, and reduced competition.

Sprint issued this statement:

“We are pleased that Judge Huvelle decided to move both cases very quickly and in an expedited manner.  Although the judge did not consolidate Sprint’s case with the government’s case at this time, we are pleased that the judge will hear from Sprint on the merits in oral arguments on October 24.”

  1. This is not the first time that the cell phone company’s tried to come together to monopolize the market. Air touch, At&t, voice stream, and sprint better known today as verizon, at&t, t-mobile, and sprint tried to come together and raise cell phone prices before. The FCC broke them apart and voice stream closed down, air touch changed their name to verizon, at&t changed their name to cingular to maintain their company’s, sprint was able to stay sprint. This is nothing but a reinactment of historys passed events trying to gain a place in the future were it dose not belong. This merger needed to be closed down as soon as it hit the table. The only people that will gain in this is owners of these company’s and those who have invested in these company’s. The rest of us most defiantly will take a grate lose in every way if this merger takes place. Let’s take a second to see what is really happening around us where the greedy is constantly becoming greedier and the rich is taking from the have nots that are barely makng it in these days and times.

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