Public Knowledge Urges AT&T To Abandon T-Mobile Pursuit

At a court hearing this morning, the Justice Department said it will file next Tuesday at noon a motion to stay the case or to have it withdrawn.  AT&T will have by the end of Wednesday to reply and a hearing will be held on Thursday at 2:30 p.m.

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

“We are pleased that the Justice Department will file next week to halt the case against the AT&T takeover of T-Mobile.   Judge Ellen Huvelle was right to be skeptical about AT&T’s claims that ‘nothing has changed’ since the company withdrew its application from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

“AT&T is attempting to use the court system to force approval of the deal from the FCC and to avoid a break-up fee before the deal’s deadline next year.  As Huvelle pointed out, any concerns about timing, however, are of AT&T’s own making.

“AT&T sketched out a fantasy scenario to gain approval of a deal which is in itself a fantasy, as the comprehensive FCC staff report found.  Rather than cost taxpayers and private companies millions of dollars in fees to pursue this fantasy, AT&T should abandon a transaction which will raise prices, hurt consumers and stifle innovation.”

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