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Regulators Approve AT&T's Acquisition of Alltel, With Conditions
by Karl Bode 12:31PM Monday Sep 23 2013
Back in January AT&T announced they'd be paying $780 million to acquire Alltel -- or what was left of Alltel after Verizon acquired most of it back in 2008. After seeing some FCC delays regulators have now approved the deal -- with a few "conditions." According to the FCC announcement, AT&T needs to deploy HSPA+ and LTE across all of Alltel’s current cell sites within the next 18 months. AT&T also needs to keep Alltel's CDMA 2G and 3G (EVDO) networks online until June 15, 2015 in order to aid roaming partners.

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skeechan
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They must do those things or what?

Nothin'.

Karl Bode
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Re: They must do those things or what?

99.2% of the time it's something the company was going to do anyway dressed up as an obligation.

skeechan
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Re: They must do those things or what?

And 0.8% of the time they flip the bird at regulators and nothing happens.

AT&T will do whatever it wants. Regulators would sign off on a leaf if it happened to blow in through the window.
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Nocchi rules.

mikedz4

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Re: They must do those things or what?

except when it comes to dish and directv merging. Comcast could merge with time warner before dish and directv merged.

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I fully agree with that. That's certainly the case here.
To allow the dismantling of the old Alltel was one of the worst blunders FCC and FTC ever made and brought this country to the brink of cellular duopoly. The old Alltel was excellent, their prepaid service was popular among insiders even outside of their business area and their regional plans with optional roaming minute packages were top. I had an Alltel prepaid as a second phone, still have, now Verizon( it would be worth an article the hell I went through with them) and I loved it.
One of the flimsy conditions for the dismantling was that ATT and Verizon have to leave certain areas alone in order not to impede competition- the new, small Alltel. And now, this is being reversed and ATT is gobbling up the rest. Shame on you, FCC.

SysOp

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AT&T needs to deploy HSPA+ and LTE across all of Alltel146;s...

That made me think of just how many cell tower deaths are going to occur because of this.
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Re: AT&T needs to deploy HSPA+ and LTE across all of Alltel146;s

Why would the cell tower deaths occur at any greater rate with AT&T installing the LTE instead of Alltel?

Andrew91

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Coverage?

Anyone know what they're coverage was? I'm curious if this will improve existng AT&T service as more sites will be online and possibly more densely covered... Or if this will expand the footprint into new areas...

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Re: Coverage?

What was left of Alltel in Ohio was rual, so it should aid native AT&T users that may of only got 3G now get better 3G if not 4G and up.

anhisr

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Where the customers are

Alltel's current network covers roughly 4.6 million subscribers in primarily rural markets in Idaho, Illinois, North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio and Georgia.
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Re: Where the customers are

That should bode well for AT&T...
Idaho - AT&T doesn't cover a lot of it on LTE, and only parts on HSPA+. Also, this may cover up their roaming.
Illinois - AT&T has some rural areas in the south that its behind on and are roaming (south-eastern)
Carolinas don't look too bad, but any 850MHz would help if they have it (AT&T doesn't in the Carolinas AFAIK)
Georgia - eastern/south eastern rural = not much coverage, as well as a roaming stretch near Columbus.
phazah

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att takeover of alltel

This really sticks..
alltel had really good plans... talk text in one package that was economical...
ATT, is over priced for little service