The Twitter-sphere is all lit up with arguments for and against AT&T’s proposed purchase of T-Mobile USA. As you may know, the Federal Communications Commission and the United States Department of Justice will be reviewing the deal over the next several months. The FCC will apply a public interest standard, while the DOJ applies a threat to competition standard for determining whether the acquisition will pass muster.
In other words, this review will boil down to anti-trust law and microeconomics. You wouldn’t think so when you listen to the arguments made by some opponents to the acquisition.
I say some opponents because not all those opposed to the acquisition are stereotypical haters. They have expressed legitimate concerns about service coverage and whether there will be a change in the market structure that may not benefit market participants. Unfortunately, those reasoned voices are the minority.
Opponents micro blogging away on Twitter appear focused only on the usual innuendos regarding civil rights groups, arguably the very groups that paved the way for the free democratic discourse opposing groups and individuals are enjoying in the digital age. It’s like slapping your grandfather.
Rather than scaring consumers with the usual claims of the industry being eaten up by the big dogs while spreading rumors of civil rights groups on the take, how about more reasonable conversations.