Today is a good day for American consumers.
As of today, it seems AT&T has completely given up on its plans to buy out T-Mobile. The merger was killed after it was put under incredible security by both government and consumer watchdog groups. Ultimately, the failure of the merger is going to cost AT&T at least $4 billion.
The merger plans, which would have created an insane monopoly, were put through the ringer by both the FCC and DOJ. Even well-known senators like Herb Kohl argued on behalf of potential customers.
Chief among their concerns was the fact that the deal would stifle competition and hurt innovation. The merger would have put a whopping 80% of all cell phone contracts in the hands of AT&T and Verizon, leaving just Sprint and a handful of regional carriers as competition. Furthermore, without the smartphones of the big boys, these carriers wouldn't have been able to compete. Fewer phones on the market = less innovation = bad for consumers.
We're oh-so-glad that government agencies and consumer watchdog groups actually did their jobs to prevent a AT&T-Verizon duopoly.