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AT&T may sit out auction if FCC spectrum plan is adopted

By Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - AT&T Inc <T.N> might sit out a major U.S. auction of airwaves if regulators adopt rules that reserve some of the spectrum for smaller rivals, the No. 2 wireless company said in a filing released on Wednesday.

AT&T may sit out auction if FCC spectrum plan is adopted

By Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - AT&T Inc <T.N> might sit out a major U.S. auction of airwaves if regulators adopt rules that reserve some of the spectrum for smaller rivals, the No. 2 wireless company said in a filing released on Wednesday.

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US regulators conditionally cleared AT&T's $4 billion deal for Leap Wireless on Thursday which gives the telecom giant more spectrum and the Cricket prepaid phone franchise. The Federal Communications Commission said that it agreed to the takeover after AT&T made commitments to divest some spectrum and accept other conditions. The modifications to the deal "will ameliorate the potential public-interest harms and that will help to ensure the achievement of the asserted public-interest benefits," the FCC said in a statement.

Investors flee telecom on price-war fears after AT&T price cut

By Sinead Carew and Sruthi Ramakrishnan (Reuters) - Shares in U.S. mobile operators fell sharply on Monday after a AT&T Inc price cut fueled fears from investors that market leader Verizon Wireless and other rivals would have to react. AT&T shares closed down 4 percent a day after the No. 2 U.S. mobile services provider slashed the monthly fee for a data plan from $40 to $15.

AT&T rules out Vodafone bid for now

By Kate Holton and Sophie Sassard LONDON (Reuters) - AT&T on Monday ruled out a bid for Britain's Vodafone after Britain's takeover watchdog asked the U.S. phone company to clarify its position following reports that it had sounded out European regulators on the prospects of a merger. AT&T's statement means it cannot make an offer for Vodafone for at least six months, unless the British company invites it to do so or a third party enters the fray.

AT&T promises sponsored data services in coming months

By Sinead Carew NEW YORK (Reuters) - AT&T Inc plans to give cash-strapped consumers options to save money on mobile data fees as soon as this quarter while offering sponsors a new way to entice consumers to use their services.

AT&T tries luring T-Mobile users with $200 credit

By Sinead Carew NEW YORK (Reuters) - AT&T Inc on Friday offered customers of No.4 U.S. mobile provider T-Mobile U.S. Inc a $200 credit to switch to its service, firing the first volley in what may be a price war that benefits consumers but plays havoc with profits. AT&T, the No.2 U.S. mobile provider, announced the promotion after months of direct marketing against it by T-Mobile, and in anticipation of a new competitive offer from its smaller rival on January 8.

AT&T to sell Connecticut wireline assets to Frontier for $2 billion

By Sinead Carew (Reuters) - AT&T Inc, the biggest U.S. phone company, said on Tuesday that it would sell its wireline operations in Connecticut to regional telephone operator Frontier Communications for $2 billion in cash, to help fund network upgrades. Frontier shares rose more than 8 percent after it said the deal would boost its dividend payout ratio, generate savings and improve its adjusted free cash flow.

AT&T explores potential sale of wireless towers

(Reuters) - AT&T Inc said on Friday it is exploring options such as a sale of its wireless broadcast towers but noted that its ability to reach a deal would depend on the terms it is able to reach with the buyer for its ongoing use of the towers. When wireless service providers sell broadcast towers they typically lease back space from tower operators so they can continue to offer their services without interruption.

AT&T follows T-Mobile US with more frequent device upgrades

By Sinead Carew NEW YORK (Reuters) - AT&T Inc customers will be able to upgrade phones once a year instead of waiting two years under a new option that involves monthly device payments as AT&T defends itself against challenges from T-Mobile US.
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