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June 13, 2008

Troubles for AT&T in Vermont?

The Burlington Free Press is reporting that the Vermonters will have to wait on AT&T Service today. You can thank the State's Attorney General, William Sorrell.

A side-deal to the transaction featured "a swap" between AT&T and Verizon Wireless: Verizon would receive some cell properties in Kentucky and AT&T would enter the Vermont market, according to an arrangement worked out between the cell phone giants in December.

The state Attorney General's Office and the U.S. Department of Justice found fault in the plan, however, creating an obstacle for technology lovers in Vermont who may be eager to subscribe to Apple Inc.'s latest device: the iPhone 3G, which is set to be released in July and must be used on AT&T's network.

"The swap proposal was inadequate because it didn't cover 2 1/2counties in the southern half of the state. ... So that proposal was rejected," said Julie Brill, Vermont's assistant attorney general. The omitted counties were Windsor, Windham and Bennington.

It's now unclear if AT&T will be willing to pick up the service for and also be responsible for constructing GSM Towers (if they don't already exist and it's unlikely they do) in those unpopulous counties.

I feel the swap should have been accepted as is. We're lucky that AT&T was willing to accept all the counties they did accept and to hold out for each and everyone is a bit irresponsible in my estimation. It is something that surely could have been negotiated for in the future.

If AT&T decides it's not worth it for them, we're really only left with Sprint and T-Mobile but the AG's Office is acting like that there are a lot of other companies which may offer more to the State. But, I nor would anyone else who follows the cell phone carriers would agree with that assessment.

Sprint with it's financial woes and unimpressive cell phones is no catch! T-Mobile's service lacks in even very populous states and cities! All the other carriers are too small and most importantly don't have offerings which compare to AT&T or Verizon. We are already stuck with Verizon.

But, what it really comes down to is what Vermonters themselves actually want. There is absolutely no point in Vermont being an E-State if we cannot use the devices we want to use with the cellular and wifi service we're supposedly going to have. There is clearly a very big demand for iPhones in Vermont. No one is clamoring for any device that Sprint or T-Mobile offers and I'll go out on a limb and say no one ever will! I believe the AG's Office lost sight of this.

It's times like this that us geeks have to roll our eyes at political leaders who quite frankly, just don't get technology and how their poor decisions in regard to it seriously effect every day users of that technology.

It's fitting today is Friday the 13th. Today's announcement is truly a bad day for every Vermonter that dreams for an iPhone.

Posted in Apple & Mac , Politics & Law , Vermont , WiFi by usrbingeek at 2008-06-13 13:13 ET (GMT-5) | 1 Comments | Permalink


Sounds like you are the greedy would feel differently about the AGs decision if you lived in Bennington County. We should all stand together as Vermonters and get a deal that includes the entire state.

Posted by: AP at July 30, 2008 08:43 AM

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