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Obama Backs Changing Rules to Let Consumers Unlock Phones

The Obama administration said consumers should be allowed to unlock smartphones and tablet computers without risking criminal penalties, siding with critics of a ruling from the U.S. Library of Congress.


DealBook: AT&T Ends $39 Billion Bid for T-Mobile

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AT&T acknowledged that it could not overcome opposition from the Obama administration to creating the nation’s biggest cellphone service provider. The company said in a statement that it would continue to invest in wireless spectrum, but could not overcome resistance from both the Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission. It added that American wireless customers “will be harmed and needed investment will be stifled” by the regulators’ decisions.

Senh: What does Barack Obama have to do with this. Sure, it's his administration, but it's the FCC. I never thought this would happen when the merger was announced. I guess big companies can gobble up smaller companies, but not competitors of the same size.


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