Let's start by saying we've found that the biz reporters have a not-very-good grasp of antitrust law. A terrible one in fact. They seem to think that whatever
AT&T just told the world that it and Deutsche Telekom would halt the purchase and sale of T-Mobile USA. The press release stated:
AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) said today that after a thorough review of options it has agreed with Deutsche Telekom AG to end its bid to acquire T-Mobile USA, which began in
AT&T Wireless tried for T-Mobile in what looks like an attempt at building a bridge too far. Which Blawgletter thought from the get-go.
[Let's ignore for now the thing the editors of our — and AT&T's — hometown paper wrote about the FCC's failure to shoo the AT&T/T-Mobile deal through. Let's just say they'd have…
Dang. The Antitrust Division has teeth after all.
(Blawgletter called it in March, by the way.)
Per the WSJ, the AD sued to enjoin the deal for AT&T to acquire T-Mobile.
The pact would create the biggest, baddest, anticompetitivest wireless firm in the U.S.
The Division's press release said:
The department’s lawsuit, filed in…
Blawgletter said, in the first blush of astonishment at AT&T's plan to buy T-Mobile, that we felt in our gut the deal would never go through.
But now we read that left-leaning groups like the NAACP, NEA, AFL-CIO, and GLAAD support the merger. Will wonders never cease?
No one, we suspect, would accuse any of those outfits of…
Blawgletter felt in our gut that the AT&T deal with Deutsche Telekom to buy the T-Mobile wireless system would never go through.
Christine Varney, the head of the Antitrust Division in the U.S. Department of Justice, wouldn't stand for it. She threw out a Division report that she saw as too deal-friendly and teamed up with…