The Chicago Tribune is fully embracing the proposed merger between AT&T and T-Mobile USA. In an editorial published on Monday, the Tribune scorned the Department of Justice for filing an antitrust suit against the deal, stating the move was an unnecessary mess.
In its zeal to protect consumers from price increases that may or may not have occurred in the deal's aftermath, government lawyers managed to sandbag not one but two major companies. It's a mess – and so unnecessary.Chicago TribuneEditorial
The Tribune offers two main arguments for why the proposed deal between AT&T and T-Mobile should receive the FCC’s and Congress’ blessing.
First, as has become painfully obvious in recent months, Deutsche Telekom (DT) simply has no interest in aggressively building out its US operations. DT would much rather invest its money in a significant build-out of its European spectrum, where it believes it will see the biggest return on investment.
Second, the Tribune argues that the deal would bring rural communities into the 21st century when it comes to data speeds. Since DT has suggested it will not make the necessary investments to bring HSPA+ or a next-generation LTE network to the rural communities, the Tribune believes rural America will lose out in the end if the deal is not approved.
Whether you’re for or against the proposed merger, the Tribune editorial brings to the forefront what we’ve been fearing all along: that Deutsche Telekom is simply not interested in investing in the US telecom market. This suggests that, even if the AT&T deal is rejected by the United States, T-Mobile USA will get sold to someone in the not-too-distant future. Sadly, it appears T-Mobile USA as we know it today will soon cease to be.
What do you guys think? Does the Chicago Tribune bring up some good points, or is the story just more fodder?