Over the holiday weekend AT&T tried pull a fast one on the Federal Communications Commission, it would seem. In the early morning hours of Thanksgiving, AT&T announced that it had withdrawn its T-Mobile merger application from the FCC. The merger application requests that T-Mobile USA’s licenses to operate and spectrum holdings be transferred to AT&T.
AT&T and Deutsche Telekom said they will instead focus on winning the lawsuit levied against them by the Department of Justice.
“AT&T and Deutsche Telekom are continuing to pursue the sale of Deutsche Telekom’s U.S. wireless assets to AT&T and are taking this step to facilitate the consideration of all options at the FCC and to focus their continuing efforts on obtaining antitrust clearance for the transaction from the Department of Justice, either through the litigation pending before the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, or alternate means,” said the companies in a press statement.