At a court hearing this morning, the
Justice Department said it will file next Tuesday at noon a motion to stay the
case or to have it withdrawn. AT&T will have by the end of Wednesday
to reply and a hearing will be held on Thursday at 2:30 p.m.
The following is attributed to Harold
Feld, legal director of Public Knowledge:
pleased that the Justice Department will file next week to halt the case
against the AT&T takeover of T-Mobile.
Judge Ellen Huvelle was right to be skeptical about AT&T’s claims
that ‘nothing has changed’ since the company withdrew its application from the
Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
is attempting to use the court system to force approval of the deal from the
FCC and to avoid a break-up fee before the deal’s deadline next year. As Huvelle pointed out, any concerns about
timing, however, are of AT&T’s own making.
sketched out a fantasy scenario to gain approval of a deal which is in itself a
fantasy, as the comprehensive FCC staff report found. Rather than cost taxpayers and private
companies millions of dollars in fees to pursue this fantasy, AT&T should
abandon a transaction which will raise prices, hurt consumers and stifle