FAQs

  1. Why did Sen. Herb Kohl oppose the AT&T-T-Mobile merger?

    • He believed it would harm competition and consumers, increase prices, and limit innovation.
  2. What did the House Democrats request in their letter to regulators?

    • More scrutiny of the merger to assess its impact on competition.
  3. What was Kohl’s specific concern regarding the wireless market concentration?

    • Eliminating T-Mobile would leave consumers with fewer options and potentially higher prices.
  4. Why did Kohl argue the merger should be blocked legally?

    • He believed it violated antitrust law and was not in the public interest under communications law.
  5. How long are the Justice Department and FCC expected to take in reviewing the deal?

    • Within a year of the merger announcement in March.
  6. Is Kohl the first lawmaker to oppose the deal?

    • No, he was among the first to publicly express opposition.
  7. How did AT&T respond to Kohl’s letter?

    • They stated that Kohl’s view was inconsistent with antitrust law and ignored potential benefits of the merger.
  8. What were the concerns raised by Reps. Markey, Conyers, and Eshoo?

    • They feared the merger would create a duopoly in the wireless market and stifle competition.
  9. What states have taken a closer look at the merger?

    • California’s Public Utility Commission and New York’s Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
  10. How many state governors have expressed support for the merger?

    • 26 governors, both Democrats and Republicans.
  11. What arguments have consumer groups and competitors made against the merger?

    • Reduced choice, higher prices, and less innovation.
  12. What does AT&T claim to gain from the merger?

    • Access to T-Mobile’s spectrum to build their 4G LTE network, fostering innovation and job creation.

Summary

The proposed $39 billion merger between AT&T and T-Mobile has been met with significant opposition from lawmakers, consumer groups, and competitors. Concerns have been raised that the merger would reduce competition in the wireless market, leading to higher prices, fewer choices, and stifled innovation.

Sen. Herb Kohl, head of the Senate Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee, and Democratic leaders in the House have called for regulators to block the merger based on antitrust concerns and its potential negative impact on consumers. Lawmakers have questioned AT&T’s claims that the merger would benefit consumers, especially in rural areas.

Consumer groups and competitors argue that the merger would leave more than 80% of wireless subscribers under either AT&T or Verizon Wireless, resulting in reduced choice and increased costs. They also express concern that smaller players and prepaid providers may not provide sufficient competition.

AT&T maintains that the merger is necessary to acquire T-Mobile’s spectrum and expand its 4G LTE network. They claim it will drive innovation, create jobs, and ultimately benefit consumers.

The Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission are currently reviewing the merger. Their decision is expected within a year of the merger announcement.

To stay informed about the latest developments on the AT&T-T-Mobile merger, visit the following website: [Insert Website URL Here]