Public Knowledge is Thankful AT&T/T-Mobile Merger is Over

December 19, 2011 ,

The following statement is attributed to Harold Feld, legal director of Public Knowledge:

“In this age of cynicism, it is important for the American people to see that Washington does not always go to the highest bidder. The Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission stood up to tremendous lobbying pressure as AT&T spent tens of millions of dollars trying to push this merger through. 

“We hope that AT&T and T-Mobile will focus on deploying the best, most competitive networks possible rather than trying to merge to duopoly. These businesses are fundamentally sound, and have what it takes to bring broadband and jobs to America on their own. We look forward to seeing them rethink what’s possible, rather than trying to rule the air.

“We are thankful that the proposed AT&T and T-Mobile merger is now officially dead. The unthinkable merger would have lead to higher prices and fewer choices for consumers, less innovation, and the loss of American jobs.”