According to the New York Times, the authors of these letters have weighed both sides and agreed with AT&T that they needed the buy T-Mobile. It has been reported that with the T-Mobile purchase, AT&T will be able to offer 4G services that cover 97.3% of the US.
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The funny thing is they didn’t take into consideration the fact that AT&T Mobility CEO, Ralph de La Vega, himself said they didn’t need the T-Mobile merger while on the stage at D9 last week.
de La Vega told Kara Swisher, Walt Mossberg and the D9 Conference attendees if the merger didn’t happen: We still have sufficient spectrum to have a big footprint and cover a major portion of the U.S. in LTE. We’re going to be fine whether the merger happens or not.”
Yet the technology companies continued to argue for the need for spectrum
“The access aspect of this is so, so important,” Fred Humphries, Microsoft’s vice president for United States government affairs, told the New York Times by telephone. “We quickly came to the conclusion that this is a good merger.”
Government regulators are currently considering the $39 Billion dollar buy out proposal by AT&T. Both AT&T and T-Mobile are GSM carriers which would make the transition easier than a merger of either company with either Sprint or Verizon. AT&T and T-Mobile have roaming agreements in place already and whether your a customer of AT&T or T-Mobile when roaming the first place you roam is either AT&T or T-Mobile.