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[ NNSquad ] AT&T wants total deregulation in exchange for expansion plan

AT&T wants total deregulation in exchange for expansion plan

*** Observers (correctly) yell foul. ***

http://j.mp/WCNwPT  (ars technica)

   "Industry watchers have pointed out AT&T now seems less than genuine
    with regulators. The company claimed that without being able to
    acquire T-Mobile it would not be able to expand its LTE offerings.
    According to the AT&T's most recent financial data (PDF), the company
    receives about three times as much quarterly revenue from wireless
    ($15 billion) as it does from traditional wireline voice service ($5.5
    billion).  "They painted the stakes as dire as possible when they were
    trying to buy T-Mobile, but the fact is AT&T had to match its
    competitors in 4G market roll-outs," said Ken Rehben, an analyst at
    Yankee Group, told CNNMoney.  Some industry watchers are worried such
    a move would make an end-run around existing regulations that require
    a baseline level of phone service under federal law. If the FCC heeds
    AT&T's advice, some fear there will be even further entrenchment of
    the dominant wired carriers, like AT&T and Verizon, who are pushing
    more profitable wireless services."

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