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Lawmakers question AT&T acquisition of T-Mobile

Grant Gross, IDG News Service | May 26, 2011
AT&T's proposed acquisition of rival mobile carrier T-Mobile USA would give customers fewer choices and drive up prices, some U.S. lawmakers said Thursday.

Other lawmakers seemed more receptive to the deal. Representative Ben Quayle, an Arizona Republican, suggested new mobile competitors could arise to compete with AT&T and Verizon if the two large carriers raise prices.

But Gavil questioned how that could happen. It would be difficult for a new mobile carrier to buy enough spectrum to compete with AT&T and Verizon, he said.

The review of the deal by the FCC and DOJ could take several months. Congress has no direct control over the agencies' decisions.


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