AT&T: FCC Report Critical Of T-Mobile Deal Is “One-Sided” And “Cherry-Picks Facts”

By | Thursday December 1, 2011 @ 12:30pm PST

You rarely see a company that does as much business with federal regulators as AT&T does attack them as ferociously as the phone giant did today. AT&T is livid over an FCC staff  study that concluded its $39B wireless phone acquisition of T-Mobile would be anti-competitive and result in lost jobs. The report, released yesterday, ”is so obviously one-sided that any fair-minded person reading it is left with the clear impression that it is an advocacy piece, and not a considered analysis,” AT&T Senior EVP External & Legislative Affairs Jim Cicconi said in a blog post. He adds that the report “cherry-picks facts to support its views, and ignores facts that don’t,” and “treats its own speculations as if they were fact.” Calling the staff effort ”not the fair and objective analysis to which any party is entitled,” Cicconi also blasted the FCC for releasing the document. AT&T withdrew its merger application at the agency after the FCC moved to block it, although the phone company hasn’t formally abandoned the effort to acquire T-Mobile. By making the report public, he says, the FCC showed that “this was intended more for advocacy and to impact public perceptions. And neither is a proper basis for action by a regulatory agency.” Read More »

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FCC Moves To Block AT&T Deal With T-Mobile Forecasting “Massive” Job Loss

UPDATED: The merger of the wireless companies was already on the ropes after August when the Justice Department said it would challenge the deal in court on antitrust grounds. Now FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski is circulating a draft … Read More »

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Cable Companies To Offer Broadband To Low-Income Households For $9.99/Month

Most major cable companies have committed to supply broadband Internet access to low-income households for $9.99 a month, the Federal Communications System is expected to announce Wednesday. FCC chairman Julius Genachowski has made expanded broadband access a top priority, and he … Read More »

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UPDATE: DirecTV Renews Deal With AT&T, But Laments Rising Programming Costs Following Strong 3Q

UPDATE, 11:30 AM: DirecTV shares are up 6.3% after it reported better-than-expected sub growth in 3Q — and a three year extension of its deal with AT&T to sell co-branded TV, broadband, and wired and wireless phone services in 22 states. The agreement, which now runs through March 2015, covers areas where AT&T does not offer its U-verse video service. There’s “no material change” in the terms, DirecTV CEO Mike White told analysts in a conference call. He added that it’s “too soon to say” whether DirecTV will offer more bundles with Verizon broadband services.  ”The question will be how customer friendly the (Internet usage) caps are.”  White says he talks to everybody about packaging broadband service with DirecTV — and that could include Dish Network if it uses the wireless spectrum it’s amassing to sell a wireless Internet service. DirecTV is “thinking Read More »

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TiVo Shares Up As Investors Look For DVR Patent Case Settlement With AT&T

By | Friday October 14, 2011 @ 7:01am PDT

TiVo popped 7.9% in early trading after it prevailed late Thursday in a Texas court ruling that involves its DVR patent infringement suit against AT&T — even though the ruling curiously didn’t say anything about the other part of the company’s … Read More »

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DirecTV Blames Economy For Weak Sub Growth And PPV Spending

By | Thursday September 15, 2011 @ 3:23pm PDT

DirecTV CFO Patrick Doyle seems to like the idea of merging his company with its closest rival, Dish Network. “Ten years ago we had a deal on the table,” he says. “The strength that you’d have in negotiations would be tremendous.” But he says a combination probably wouldn’t fly in Washington following the Justice Department’s recent decision to fight AT&T’s merger deal with T-Mobile. That “adds more uncertainty to where we are in the merger and antitrust environment.” Meanwhile, he doesn’t seem ready to say that DirecTV needs a deal despite the company’s lackluster domestic subscriber growth in June — to 19.4M, up 4% vs. the same period last year. Doyle attributes the weakness to defections by people who decided they can no longer afford pay TV. “We hope they’re not gone forever,” he says. Yet people who kept their satellite service are spending less. ”We’re not seeing the type of demand that we’d like to see” for pay-per-view movies as well as other events, including fights, he says. As economic pressures grow, controlling programming costs has become “the No 1 issue for the industry. … We’re negotiating harder on marginal (channels).” Read More »

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TiVo Loss Grows In 2Q Despite Revenue Gain

By | Wednesday August 24, 2011 @ 2:44pm PDT

TiVo today reported a second-quarter loss of $19.6 million, or 17 cents a share, compared with a $15.3 million loss, or 13 cents a share, a year ago. That beats analysts’ estimates of a 20 cent loss but can’t … Read More »

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Will Cable Companies Team Up With Sprint To Offer Wireless Services?

Cable and telecom execs are buzzing this morning about the possibility of a major deal involving Sprint Nextel that could help cable operators offer wireless services along with the standard “triple play” options: TV, wired broadband, and wired … Read More »

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AT&T Buying T-Mobile USA For $39 Billion: Look For Big Telco To Squeeze Big Media

By | Sunday March 20, 2011 @ 3:42pm PDT

AT&T announced the deal ahead of a major wireless conference in Orlando tomorrow. The new entity would be the biggest in the U.S. with 130 million subscribers. The result is that America’s national mobile carrier choices will decrease by one … Read More »

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SXSW: Conan O’Brien Documentary Makes Intriguing Distribution Deal

Mike Fleming

Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop, the Rodman Flender-directed documentary about the chat host’s 32 city music and comedy tour undertaken after he took a $30 million payout to leave The Tonight Show, has wrapped a distribution deal in a multi-platform acquisition … Read More »

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UPDATE: Rainbow And AT&T Ink New Deal, ‘Mad Men’ Season Saved On AT&T U-Verse

Nellie Andreeva

at&t u-verseAT&T and Rainbow Media just announced they have reached an new carriage agreement for Rainbow’s AMC, IFC and WEtv on AT&T U-verse 16 hours after their most recent extension expired and 10 days before the fourth season premiere of … Read More »

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