FCC Approves AT&T’s $1.2B Purchase Of Leap Wireless

FCC Approves AT&T’s $1.2B Purchase Of Leap Wireless

AT&T just gained 5 million new customers. No, it wasn’t the company’s offer to provide credit to switching customers. This influx comes after the Federal Communications Commission approved the Death Star’s acquisition of Leap Wireless. [More]

Time Warner Cable Shareholder Sues To Block Comcast Merger

Time Warner Cable Shareholder Sues To Block Comcast Merger

It’s not just consumers and advocacy groups that are worried about the pending sale of Time Warner Cable to Comcast for $45 billion. On Friday, a TWC shareholder has filed a lawsuit to block the merger, claiming that executives prioritized their own bank accounts over investors’ interests for a deal that will have a difficult time passing regulatory muster. [More]

Sprint Officially Asks FCC To Block AT&T Purchase Of T-Mobile

Sprint Officially Asks FCC To Block AT&T Purchase Of T-Mobile

Since AT&T announced its plans to purchase T-Mobile USA for around $39 billion, the folks at Sprint have been quite public about their opposition to the deal, taking out mocking ads and testifying before lawmakers in Washington. Yesterday, Sprint made its stance official, filing a “Petition to Deny” the deal with the Federal Communications Commission. [More]

AT&T, Consumer Advocates Spar Over T-Mobile Deal In DC

AT&T, Consumer Advocates Spar Over T-Mobile Deal In DC

In a Congressional hearing this morning over AT&T’s proposed acquisition of T-Mobile, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson reiterated his earlier comments that the deal is “all about consumers.” However, advocates such as Parul P. Desai of Consumers Union argued that the merger “would result in a highly concentrated market, which will likely lead to higher prices and fewer choices for consumers.” [More]

DOJ Gives Thumbs Up To Southwest's Purchase Of AirTran

DOJ Gives Thumbs Up To Southwest's Purchase Of AirTran

Seems like it was just seven months ago that we first wrote about the proposed sale of AirTran to Southwest Airlines for $1.4 billion. Now that deal is all but done after it passed the Justice Department’s antitrust review yesterday. [More]

Dish Network Wins Blockbuster For $320 Million At Auction, Swears It Was Just Raising Its Hand To Wave To A Friend

Dish Network Wins Blockbuster For $320 Million At Auction, Swears It Was Just Raising Its Hand To Wave To A Friend

Blockbuster Video — or rather the assets of Blockbuster — now have a new owner after Dish Network won what’s left of the beleaguered video rental company for around $320 million at auction. [More]

At Least One FCC Commissioner Thinks AT&T/T-Mobile Deal Won't Be A Cakewalk

At Least One FCC Commissioner Thinks AT&T/T-Mobile Deal Won't Be A Cakewalk

With the pending $39 billion sale of T-Mobile to AT&T heading toward review by the various regulatory bodies involved, there is at least one senior FCC commissioner who thinks it might not be so easy for the deal to go down. Of course, he was the one commissioner who voted against the NBC/Comcast deal. [More]

Anheuser-Busch Picks Up Six-Pack Of Goose Island For $39 Million

Anheuser-Busch Picks Up Six-Pack Of Goose Island For $39 Million

Fans of Chicago-based brewery Goose Island have reason for concern after today’s announcement that Anheuser-Busch InBev is set to purchase the company in a deal worth $38.8 million. [More]

Sale Of AirTran To Southwest One Step Closer To Being A Done Deal

Sale Of AirTran To Southwest One Step Closer To Being A Done Deal

Overshadowed by last year’s relatively rapid merger of United and Continental was the sale of AirTran to Southwest. That sale is now one big step away from completion after AirTran shareholders approved the deal earlier this week. [More]