Groups Want Local Hearings Regarding AT&T/T-Mobile
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Jun 29, 2011, 12:16 PM by Eric M. Zeman
A number of public interest groups have requested that the Federal Communications Commission hold a number of public hearings so that Americans might have a better forum to voice their opinons on AT&T's proposed acquisition of T-Mobile. The group wrote, "As a matter of great public concern, the AT&T/T-Mobile merger proposal deserves the Commission's highest level of scrutiny and consideration." They would like the FCC to schedule hearings before September so that the implications of the merger can be exposed in a more public light. The groups contend that, "If approved, the merger would have serious repercussions around the country. As the undersigned have all argued, were just two wireless carriers to control nearly 80% of the market, prices would rise, jobs would be lost, and innovation would suffer." Those signing the letter include Public Knowledge, Consumers Union, Free Press, Future of Music Coalition, Media Access Project, National Hispanic Media Coalition, and the Open Technology Initiative, New America Foundation. The FCC and Justice Department are currently reviewing the merger, which is expected to close during the first quarter of 2012.
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Much ado about nothing.
Yes, I do work for an agent of ATT, so some of my views are slanted in that direction. It is unfortu...
the reason people would not be so concerned if it was Sprint and Tmobile merging is that two small players merging does not pose a threat to competition. ATT swallowing Tmobile is like eliminating Tmobile completely. ATT does not need T...
Expressing concerns and getting concessions
Decided to stick it out with TMO, think AT&T may be OK but hedging too.