Empowering Entrepreneurs at
National Small Business Week

Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on June 3, 2011 at 11:27 am

By Cathy Martine, AT&T EVP-Small Business Solutions & Alternate Channels

Thousands of small business owners and their supporters recently descended upon Washington, D.C., for the 48th annual U.S. Small Business Administration’s National Small Business Week to honor and recognize the contributions and achievements made by outstanding entrepreneurs. This year’s theme of empowering entrepreneurs couldn’t be more appropriate, as I had the good fortune to be there and witness government agencies, thought leaders and enterprises come together to offer support and provide small companies with the resources, tools and technologies they need to work better, faster, smarter and more efficiently.   

Here at AT&T, we are dedicated to supporting the needs of small businesses and we participated in many events throughout the week to demonstrate that support. From our sponsorship and collaboration with SCORE for the “Growing Your Business While on the Go” workshop, to providing insights during the Exporting Forum, we had the chance to engage with small business owners and hear first-hand how technology is enabling these companies to thrive.   

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Since Yesterday…

Posted by: Jim Cicconi on June 1, 2011 at 5:34 pm

While we were all getting some needed sleep last night, filings in support of our merger with T-Mobile continued to flood the FCC.  The broad array of groups and elected officials who recognize the benefits of this transaction is clearly growing.  Here’s just a sampling of the latest… 

Highlighting what this merger will do to expand high-speed wireless broadband throughout the country, the 1.5 million member American Federation of Teachers has filed at the FCC. This means that unions comprising 16.5 million American workers have now endorsed our merger. 

Also, a group of 80 companies that employ thousands of workers in the fields of IT, software development, network infrastructure, manufacturing, construction and engineering encouraged prompt approval of our merger.  Citing the need to maintain a healthy communications market, the companies, including Avaya, Convergys, Fujitsu, and Research in Motion, recognize that the T-Mobile transaction will encourage private investment and will spur innovation.  

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Merger Support Strong…Growing

Posted by: Jim Cicconi on May 31, 2011 at 5:44 pm

There’s a lot of activity at the FCC today as interested parties continue to weigh in on our merger with T-Mobile.  To be sure, the usual suspects opposing the transaction are working to create the impression their support is growing.  It’s not.  In fact, the opposite is true.  Today, we’ll begin to see evidence of the strong public support our merger has generated – and it is perhaps the broadest, deepest range of public interest support ever filed at the FCC in support of any transaction. 

Let’s keep in mind that the standard under which the FCC operates is whether a merger, in this case our merger with T-Mobile, is in the public interest.  The answer from elected officials and respected state and national organizations from every walk of life is a resounding yes.  

Perhaps no one understands the concept of the public interest better than the top elected official in each state.  And so far the governors of 14 states, ranging from Maine to Colorado, from Michigan to Louisiana, have filed in support of our deal.   So have a small but growing number of mayors representing cities from Topeka to Atlanta.  

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Busting Myths Part 5:
Innovate or Die

Posted by: Joan Marsh on May 27, 2011 at 10:30 am

In our latest mythbusters blog, we take on the claims that AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile will somehow kill the explosive innovation that is currently reshaping the global wireless marketplace of devices, apps and network technologies.  With appropriate credit to Mark Twain, I must proclaim that the reports of innovation’s death have been greatly exaggerated. 

The opposition never really explains precisely why or how this will happen, but they are quite certain that it will.  They have gone as far as to pull out a decades-old brick phone and threaten a return to that age (watch Public Knowledge testify at the May 11 hearing).  

To explode this ridiculous myth, let’s again turn to some facts about what’s really going on in the device market.  In the interest of space (this is a blog after all), I’ll get to the apps and network innovation facts in subsequent posts.  

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Busting Myths Part 4:
The Wolf That Cried Wolf

Posted by: Joan Marsh on May 23, 2011 at 3:09 pm

Since the day we announced our proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA, Sprint has been alleging that the deal should be blocked because, as a result of the combination, consumer prices will go up.  Sprint’s CEO, Dan Hesse, repeated this claim at the Senate Judiciary hearing on May 11.  

For Sprint, which is coming off a quarter where it added 1.1 million customers, this argument is simply not credible for the following three reasons: 

First, the argument is contradictory.  Outside the Washington Beltway, Dan Hesse has been publicly voicing concern about downward pressure on consumer pricing.  Last January, at a Citi Global Telecom Conference, he worried that “pricing is getting much more aggressive” and about having to price aggressively to gain marketshare.  Just last fall, Mr. Hesse noted that making progress in the “hyper-competitive [wireless] industry” is tough.  In short, in the real world, Mr. Hesse worries most about how robust competition in the U.S. wireless landscape is driving tough pricing competition.  I searched comments from Sprint’s last three quarterly earnings calls in vain for any mention of concern about rising prices.  It doesn’t exist, for good reason, which leads me to my next point . . . 

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