AT&T/T-Mobile Merger

In 2011, AT&T used promises of better service, increased investment, more jobs and lower prices to try to sell its proposed $39 billion takeover of T-Mobile to politicians and regulators in Washington and around the country. But the facts told a different story. The deal involved nothing more than AT&T doing what it does best: asking the government for a handout to help it crush the competition.

Despite the millions AT&T spent on campaign contributions and misleading advertising campaigns, the Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission saw through the smoke and mirrors. After the DoJ sued to block the merger and the FCC released a scathing report on the deal, AT&T dropped its takeover bid.

We stopped this anti-competitive merger in its tracks, but the fight continues. Big phone and cable companies are pushing legal boundaries in their quest to kill competition and divide up the Internet.

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  • Free Press Files Petition to Deny AT&T-DIRECTV Merger

    September 17, 2014
    WASHINGTON — On Tuesday, Free Press filed a petition with the Federal Communications Commission to deny AT&T's proposed merger with DIRECTV, stating that the deal harms the public interest.
  • Consumers Win: Sprint Drops T-Mobile Takeover Bid

    August 5, 2014
    WASHINGTON — According to press reports, Sprint is dropping its bid to acquire competitor T-Mobile, scuttling a long-rumored $32 billon deal that would have consolidated the country’s third- and fourth-largest mobile providers.
  • AT&T Finally Abandons Doomed Merger with T-Mobile

    December 19, 2011

    WASHINGTON -- On Monday, AT&T and T-Mobile reportedly abandoned their proposed $39 billion merger.

    Free Press President and CEO Craig Aaron made the following statement:

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