CEI Submits Comments on the AT&T — T-Mobile Merger Before the Federal Communications Commission

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The Competitive Enterprise Institute submits this reply comment regarding the applications by AT&T Corp. (AT&T) and Deutsche Telekom AG (T-Mobile) seeking FCC approval of the transfer of licenses held by T-Mobile to AT&T. CEI believes that it is in the public interest that the FCC promptly approve the AT&T – T-Mobile merger without conditions.

A number of petitioners opposed to the merger argue that it will harm consumers by undermining competition in the wireless industry.2 In all likelihood, however, the proposed deal will benefit consumers in several ways, fuel economic growth, and advance the public interest. An array of market forces renders it highly unlikely that the deal will increase the incentive or ability of AT&T to engage in anticompetitive conduct.