osewalrus (osewalrus) wrote,

My take on rumored "settlement offer" in ATT/T-Mo

Every few days, I am called by reporters about rumors of a new possible settlement offer that AT&T and T-Mobile are supposedly brewing up. This invariably reminds me of the following from The Black Adder: The Queen of Spain's Beard

Percy: You know, they do say that the Infanta's eyes are more beautiful than the famous Stone of Galveston.
Edmund: Mm! ... What?
Percy: The famous Stone of Galveston, My Lord.
Edmund: And what's that, exactly?
Percy: Well, it's a famous blue stone, and it comes ... from Galveston.
Edmund: I see. And what about it?
Percy: Well, My Lord, the Infanta's eyes are bluer than it, for a start.
Edmund: I see. And have you ever seen this stone?
Percy: (nods) No, not as such, My Lord, but I know a couple of people who have, and they say it's very very blue indeed.
Edmund: And have these people seen the Infanta's eyes?
Percy: No, I shouldn't think so, My Lord.
Edmund: And neither have you, presumably.
Percy: No, My Lord.
Edmund: So, what you're telling me, Percy, is that something you have never seen is slightly less blue than something else you have never seen.
Percy: (finally begins to grasp) Yes, My Lord.

Substitute “AT&T and DT” for “Infanta” and “proposed settlement” for “stone of Galveston” and you pretty much have it in my opinion.

If you substitute "AT&T and Deutsche Telekom (T-Mo's parent)" for "Infanta" and "settlement offer" for "Stone of Gavelston" you get a good sense of my frequent press calls, and my responses.

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