Colorado Governor Backs AT&T Merger

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper on Friday expressed his support for the pending merger between AT&T and T-Mobile USA.

In a letter to the Federal Communications Commission, Hickenlooper indicated that the merger could result in expanded broadband access in non-urban communities.

If the proposed merger is approved, our hope is that high speed access will spread across our state spurring innovation and connecting Colorado communities,” Hickenlooper said. Coloradans will be part of the 55 million additional Americans who can benefit from access to 4G LTE technology,” added the governor, who was referring to AT&Ts plans to expand its fourth-generation network to more Americans following its $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA.

Colorado is home to many large telecommunications companies, including Broomfield-based Level 3 Communications, Littleton-based tw telecom and Denver-based Qwest Communications, which was acquired by CenturyLink in April.

Thousands of miles away in the Northeast, a state representative in the Massachusetts House of Representatives also expressed his support for the merger between AT&T and T-Mobile USA.

Representative John H. Rogers told the FCC that AT&Ts plans to increase broadband access and improve current infrastructure will provide countless benefits and new business opportunities for Massachusetts citizens and all Americans.”

The merger will benefit schools and businesses and result in thousands of new jobs, wrote Rogers, who is a member of the Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy in the state House of Representatives.

Other state lawmakers also have supported the merger in recent days, including Arizona Representative Kate Brophy McGee, who wrote that the transaction will ensure rapid delivery of the most advanced 4G network throughout the state, particularly in our rural areas.”

AT&Ts planned acquisition of T-Mobile USA also has faced plenty of opposition, including on Capitol Hill where some members of the House held a hearing Thursday to examine the mergers potential effects on competition.

The AT&T T-Mobile deal is like a telecommunications time machine that would send consumers back to a bygone ear of high prices and limited choice,” Rep. Ed Markey (D.-Mass.) said the day before the hearing.

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