To date Sprint, Cellular South, Leap Wireless and now MetroPCS have gone on record with the FCC and the government against AT&T’s proposed purchase of T-Mobile for $39 billion dollars. The problem is that with as large as AT&T is they have the spending power to lobby more support.
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AT&T has mustered up the support of 14 governors and various civic organizations. Most of those governors and organizations have ties to AT&T or have been supported by AT&T in other ways.
An article in the Washington Post has cited the NAACP, The National Urban League, The Supriya Jindal Foundation, Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce, and the Urban League of Portland as some supporters of the proposed merger. A few days ago we reported that both the National Grange and the National Puerto Rican Coalition have also sent letters of support for the upcoming merger.
In addition to lobbying efforts AT&T’s political action committee has donated over $615,000 to lawmakers and political parties in the first three months of 2011. Former Senators Trent Lott and John Breaux are also part of AT&T’s lobbying strategy.
Opponents of the merger argue that it is bad for some minority and ethnic groups because T-Mobile has traditionally been cheaper and not as stringent on credit scoring. AT&T supporters rebutt that by saying that there will be more spectrum and more coverage available in rural areas once the merger is complete.
While AT&T has spent $6.8 Million dollars lobbying for the merger, Sprint has only spent $583,000 in it’s opposition effort.