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Proposed AT&T/T-Mobile Merger Would Disserve the Public Interest and Harm Competition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                      Contact: Lucy Tutwiler

May 31, 2011                                                                                                             (202) 449-9866

 

Proposed AT&T/T-Mobile Merger Would Disserve the Public Interest and Harm Competition

 

Washington, DC – Today, in a petition to deny filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission,) CCA (Competitive Carriers Association) urged the Commission to reject the proposed AT&T/T-Mobile merger. In its current form, the proposed AT&T acquisition of T-Mobile would deal a mortal blow to industry competition and would significantly harm consumers.  CCA opposes the transaction, which would effectively create a duopoly in the national wireless marketplace, reduce innovation, increase prices to consumers and eliminate jobs.

 

“If the proposed AT&T/T-Mobile transaction goes through, one of only four nationwide wireless providers will be completely eliminated,” said CCA President & CEO Steven K. Berry.  “I simply do not see how consumers and competitive carriers will benefit from fewer choices as a result of further industry consolidation.  AT&T’s already dominant position has allowed it to hinder competition and harm consumers. The proposed merger would only further impair smaller competitive carriers—especially GSM carriers—trying to negotiate voice and data roaming agreements and obtain the most up-to-date devices.”

 

Berry continued, “Rather than acquiring T-Mobile, AT&T should build out the considerable broadband spectrum it already owns.  A spectrum build out that embraces data roaming and 700 MHz interoperability with other carriers would lead to significant infrastructure investment, job creation and broadband deployment, and it would help rural America.  The severe harms of the proposed merger greatly outweigh any purported public interest benefits, and we strongly urge the Department of Justice and the FCC to deny the transaction.  Consumers and competitive carriers cannot afford to go back down the road to a duopoly.”

 

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