Senators To Examine AT&T/T-Mobile Merger

A subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee will examine AT&T‘s pending $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA.

The Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights has scheduled a hearing for Wednesday, May 11.

The hearing will take place at 10:15 a.m. in Room 226 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building and is entitled The AT&T/T-Mobile Merger: Is Humpty Dumpty Being Put Back Together Again?”

As Chairman of the subcommittee, Wisconsin Democrat Herb Kohl will lead the hearing.

U.S. and state regulators, including the Department of Justice and Federal Communications Commission, are expected to closely scrutinize a merger that would knock out T-Mobile, which is one of the largest wireless competitors in the United States and has a reputation for providing excellent customer service.  

In a statement last month, Kohl said the subcommittee will take a close look at what this loss of competition will mean for people who increasingly rely on wireless phone service to connect to friends, family and the Internet.”

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