The FCC has heard from some of AT&T and T-Mobile’s competitors in regards to the pending acquisition of T-Mobile by AT&T. In opposition to the merger Sprint has been the loudest and most vocal. Even making a plea this week that AT&T could get out of the spectrum crunch that they are in by using some of the spectrum that AT&T is currently “warehousing”.
Today T-Mobile’s Vice President of Governmental Affairs, Tom Sugrue, has issued a strongly worded statement regarding the opposition to the AT&T/T-Mobile merger:
See his statement after the break
“The opponents of the AT&T-T-Mobile merger have had their final say as part of the FCC’s formal pleading cycle and, not surprisingly, they have failed to offer any credible arguments to support their view that the Commission should deny the transaction. What is surprising, however, is their repeated head-in-the-sand insistence that no spectrum crisis exists. As part of their application, AT&T and T-Mobile provided a compelling showing of their need for more spectrum to continue to provide quality service to customers and roll out new technologies in the future. And the two companies have demonstrated that a combination of their networks and spectrum holdings is by far the best way to solve this problem and ensure improved service and enhanced innovation. The FCC has long acknowledged the harmful consequences of ignoring the spectrum crunch, and we are confident it will approve our proposed market-based solution.”