News by Dan Seifert on Wednesday July 20, 2011.
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Not to be left out of the discussion, AT&T has also issued a statement in response to Senator Kohl's letter to the FCC regarding AT&T's proposed purchase of T-Mobile, and as expected, disagrees with his position. The carrier also has garnered some support from other members of Congress, most notably Senator Mike Lee from Utah.
AT&T's statement is as follows:
"We respect Senator Kohl. However, we feel his view is inconsistent with antitrust law, is shared by few others, and ignores the many positive benefits and numerous supporters of the transaction. This is a decision that will be made by the Department of Justice and the FCC under applicable law and after a full and fair examination of the facts. We continue to believe those reviews will result in approval of this transaction."
Senator Lee added his own thoughts on the matter:
"The mobile phone market is a critical component of our nation's economy and the proposed merger between AT&T and T-Mobile deserves careful review. In my view, the merger has the potential to provide significant network efficiencies that may help alleviate capacity constraints, enable enhanced service quality, and facilitate expansion of a 4G LTE nationwide network, which would in turn create opportunities for handset innovation and continued development of data-rich applications. "
"I have confidence that the Department of Justice and Federal Communications Commission will take steps to ensure that the market remains competitive and that regional carriers continue to enjoy access to popular handsets and roaming arrangements on the nationwide networks."
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