Here are links to the actual letters :
https://prodnet.www.neca.org/publica.../81011att3.pdf (the original, with all the good stuff - I urge eveyone to rpint this letter out and send it to ther congressman and senator)
https://prodnet.www.neca.org/publica...df/8911att.pdf (the revised, cleaned up letter)
And, the spin has begun, starting with Engadget:
Leaked FCC document details AT&T's 4G LTE rollout plans, talks up T-Mobile merger -- Engadget
Here is their "take on the reading of this document", and even their readers are all over them for it:
"On Friday, a law firm accidentally posted a letter to the FCC website, detailing AT&T's confidential 4G LTE rollout plans and explaining how they would be bolstered by a merger with T-Mobile. Arnold & Porter LLP, which is helping design the deal on AT&T's behalf, quickly removed its partially redacted document, but the folks over at Gizmodo have gotten their hands on it once again and recently posted it for our viewing pleasure. According to the document, AT&T plans to extend its US coverage to 70 million consumers by the end of this year, before ramping that figure up to 170 million by the end of 2012 and a full 250 million by the end of the following year. The carrier plans to achieve this by upgrading a full 44,000 of its nodes to LTE over the course of the next three years and, once its merger goes through, hopes to cover 97 percent of all Americans within the six years following approval. The letter goes on to explain how the economics behind the TIA-approved deal would help facilitate these aspirations, while confirming that the merger is indeed as expensive as earlier reported -- a whopping $3.8 billion, to be exact. To read the document in full, hit up the links, below."
Really Engadget???? You chose to report on which version of the "leaked doucment???
I guess we shouldn't be too surprised.. Engadget isnt a news site, they are a tek blog site, and they do exhibit bias on a regular basis in their blogs.
Now, about this deal going through... AT&T never would have risked that $3.8 billion penalty if they didn't know (in their own minds) that they had enough clout at the federal level to push this through.
Years and years of funding politicians, and lots of lobbyists already working almost 7 months on this are likely what they are basing this on.
Ever since corporations were allowed to make political contributions, the individual citizen ( who still is the only legal entity with the right to vote out thier congressional and senatorial representatives) has lost almost all of his/her importance in the law making, and enforcement process.
The only way this can change is if every voting citizen voices up loud and clear.
Everyone KNOWs what this deal is really about, however, the wealthy want it to go through so that they can make more money, the politicians will let it go through because the loudest voice in their ears is the corporations, while the citizens of the US, on the whole, remain oblivious to what this is really about, and, as a result, will demonstrate apathy and ignorance until it is too late - most are kept so distracted from matters like this as they are just trying to keep their jobs and put food on their tables, while raising their children.
Interesting that this happened on Friday, and no big event in the news has hit the main media, isn't it?
That, folks, is the "writing on the wall", sadly enough.