FCC gives AT&T 50 questions over T-Mobile USA acquisition

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We’ve already heard Sprint’s concerns over the T-Mobile and AT&T acquisition, and in the last few days it’s the FCC who has addressed their concerns with 50 questions, which AT&T has to answer in the ongoing discussions.

The list of questions show that the FCC will require some changes if the deal is to be approved, which could include other carriers getting coverage offloaded or more rules on net neutrality. The most worrying part to advocacy groups is that the FCC may not entertain a rejection of the T-Mobile USA acquisition.

This is the first request from the FCC for information regarding the deal, and the questions should give more insight into why AT&T need T-Mobile’s wireless spectrum, and what the condition of AT&T’s network is currently. The US network will also need to show what other solutions they’ve looked at before making the $39 billion offer.

Those of our readers in San Francisco know all to well about trouble spots for AT&T’s network, and the move to buy T-Mobile’s spectrum will add more capacity to the 3G network, which should improve the overall service. The improvements wouldn’t stop there, AT&T see better rural coverage if the T-Mobile buyout would go ahead and a promise that the United States will get LTE-based 4G covering 97 percent of the population.

Would you like to see AT&T buy T-Mobile, and if so, why? You can read more details on Electronista.

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