New York Attorney General to take a critical look at AT&T's acquisition of T-Mobile

New York Attorney General to take a critical look at AT&T's acquisition of T-Mobile
The proposed purchase of T-Mobile by AT&T has ruffled more than a few feathers. Despite AT&T's promises of expanded LTE coverage and improved service in rural areas, most consumers are wary of the potentially monopolistic combination.

One such critic is New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who says that the proposed acquisition will undergo his "thorough review". Schneiderman offered the following: "Affordable wireless service and technology, including smartphones and next-generation handheld devices, are the bridge to the digital broadband future...We want to ensure all New Yorkers benefit from these important innovations that improve lives.”

Schneiderman is specifically concerned about Upstate cities like Albany, Rochester, etc., where there are fewer wireless options, as their wireless menu would be more drastically changed by the proposed acquisition. And, as are many consumers, Schneiderman is worried that the merger might eliminate the low-cost options which T-Mobile provides.

AT&T spokesman Mike Buckley responded, saying that they "look forward to sharing information with the AG's office and remain excited about the significant consumer and competition benefits that this transaction will provide". Buckley reiterated AT&T's guarantees of expanded LTE service throughout the U.S.

Some experts were surprised that the New York State AG was getting so involved in the process, as the final decision rests with the FCC and the Justice Department. But one expert did point out that the New York AG's involvement will slow the review process.

source: Bloomberg via TmoNews


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