The merger commitment specifies that the plan had to be offered. That means to me that it has to be put forth as an option!!! (If there’s a fifty pound striped bass somewhere out there in the ocean, that’s not an offer of fish!)This is the same $10/month service USA Today announced AT&T was developing back in January. Maybe they’ll just keep “developing” it until the 48 month time limit expires, or make it available to a few people and claim they’ve honored their commitment.This is what SBC used to do: claim availability if one person per ZIP code could get a service, and the FCC let them get away with that.
So I don’t think AT&T is honoring its $10/month commitment.
— Is AT&T Honoring its Merger Commitments? David Isenberg, isen.blog, Friday, July 06, 2007
Do you think the FCC will investigate?
Well, on another rate condition (call connection by other telcos) the FCC has already shortened the time period it’s required:
As part of the order, the FCC said AT&T will only have to offer the reduced rate for 39 months instead of 48 months.And in any case, after the original 48 months expires for these conditions, in 2009 all bets are off. Not to mention that none of them apply to IPTV, anyway, and online TV is what AT&T thinks the future is.