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AT&T bought a T-Mobile, and it’s bad for everyone

On Sunday evening, AT&T made the initial offering to buy T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom for $39 Billion, and stock in AT&T. Don’t worry Europe, you are safe from the evil monster, it’s only the US that getting bent over. And after the rumors opened on the Internet, T-Mobile confirmed it with a small FAQ of the acquisition. The only thing stopping this is US regulators such as the DOJ, and FTC. However, I feel this will not happen, and it would be bad for everyone as a whole. AT&T of course will benefit as they will instantly increase their network dramatically, and add to a customer base of loyal customers. They are even likely to usurp Verizon Wireless as the number one carrier. AT&T stock holders will love this, and in some twisted way of faith, customer of what would once have been T-Mobile will have the option of the iPhone. However, while their maybe some sugar coating, it is simply put bad for everyone. Not only is it bad for T-Mobile customers which is obvious, but it would be bad for everyone who relies on a cellular phone. In addition, it may even likely hurt the US economy. I will explain why.

First, let’s address how this will hurt T-Mobile customers. First, AT&T already noted that they will take the T-Mobile towers and use them for their LTE roll out. Guess what that means? This will be LTE on AT&T using AT&T’s spectrum. This will now mean that all of the 3G devices on T-Mobile will simply cease functioning, or at best go to 2G which is about 1/4 the capacity of the 3G. And don’t be fooled thinking because you have the new and latest Samsung Galaxy 4G, you are safe – because you are not. This is one thing I disagreed with T-Mobile calling their HSPA+ (high end 3G) 4G. It is not, and those customers thinking they are safe because AT&T is rolling out their 4G network is wrong. So if you are like me and was planning on spending $400 – $500 on a non contract price phone that you would have for a couple of years because you prefer T-Mobile, and the non contract price, you may end up paying more if the network starts shutting down in less than a year.

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Comcast + NBC = OMG

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The FCC has approved the acquisition of NBC with Comcast. And while there are conditions in the acquisition that will be beneficial, I am reluctant in putting my stamp of approval on it just yet. There are a number of reasons of why as well. First, NBC is a part of Universal Studios which is a major movie production company. Next, NBC is a major holder of Hulu, and while that has to be absolved as a condition, that is not the right way. And then there is Comcast’s we screw everything up policies they seem to have (at least with my experience with them).

So, with the acquisition of NBC, this could mean that movies produced by Universal studios will be less likely to go to competitors such as Netflix, or now Hulu. Imagine being a Time Warner customer, and not getting that latest hit summer movie from Universal on Time Warner Pay Per View just because Comcast wants to make sure that Comcast customers get their fill first. Keep in mind that in 99.99% of the US, there is only one cable provider, so they really don’t even compete. In addition, imagine Netflix, nor Hulu getting any of this content simply because Comcast doesn’t want it. Yes, there are shows on Hulu from Comcast owned networks, but this is not the full allotment, as that will compete with their flagship service (cable television). Continue reading Comcast + NBC = OMG