With Sprint and ClearWire both opposing AT&T’s $39 billion deal to acquire T-Mobile, the FCC doesn’t seem to see this deal happening, either.

Today, the Wall Street Journal spoke off the record with a Federal Communications Commission official who claims that, “There’s no way the chairman’s office [will] rubber-stamp” AT&T’s $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA from parent company Deutsche Telekom. The anonymous FCC official added that the approval process will be “a steep climb at least.”

According to the FCC official, the FCC hasn’t even begun to formally evaluate AT&T’s acquisition deal and will examine the deal based on whether it’s in the public’s best interest.

Meanwhile, AT&T remains confident that they can push the deal through, arguing that this transaction represents a major commitment to strengthen and expand critical infrastructure for our nation’s future as well as help achieve the President’s goals for a high-speed, wirelessly connected America.

The WSJ refers to a similar merger that had been doubted back in 2007 between XM Satellite Radio and Sirius Satellite radio, which FCC chairman Kevin Martin claimed would be a high hurdle to approve but ended up getting the green light. Current FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has yet to comment on the T-Mobile acquisition deal.

I’m definitely looking forward to seeing how this plays out with the regulators.

What do you think? Will the deal gain regulatory approval?

  • xXrylandsdadXx

    i hope it doesnt. i liked seeing t-mobile doing its t-mobile thing. dont have any reasons other than my gf’s joke of a phone iphone4 losing and gaining service over n over with every step she takes, but i really dont like at&t. moto droid x n verizon, ftw.

  • Morgan

    Early assurance that when the proposal passes, it was done so with serious consideration. Good move!!

  • MALdito

    I really hope that they say no. I dont like the prospect of AT&T F*cking with my unlimited data plan. They have stated that T-Mobile will still honor previous contracts and such, but companies like these still find a way to shortcut you in the end.

    Nice Logo image BTW!

    • MALdito

      Hey I just remembered this! I think the best logo image you guys put up was the one where the AT&T logo was a STAR WARS styled “AT&T Death Star”. I still think that image is more accuratly describes them. Now all it needs to do is be a pink Death Star and it’ll fit this situation perfectly.

  • Terry

    DT has been looking to sell and if AT&T can buy them, why not. It will not be a monopoly and according to other articles about this purchase AT&T is only going to buy it, no talk about merging the two.

  • Manuel

    at&t only did this to go over Verizon but this is not in the best interest of the general public. This is only within their best interest and how can at&t want to do this to provide the best data speeds when they can’t even handle 1 phone? The iPhone has destroyed their data speeds in many areas, leaving it slow and clogged. I hope this won’t be approved but I know it will. Look at Comcast and NBC. That was bad too and it went through any ways.

  • Thor

    Of course it will be approved. It is insanity to think otherwise. When was the last time a sale or merger was blocked?