Rep. Anna Eshoo Statement on DOJ Filing Antitrust Suit to Block AT&T, T-Mobile Merger

August 31st, 2011

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Palo Alto), top Democrat on the Communications and Technology Subcommittee, released the following statement after the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed court papers to block a proposed merger between AT&T and T-Mobile:

“Vigorous competition is a hallmark of the American economy benefitting innovation, benefitting businesses and benefitting consumers. The Department of Justice’s decision today to block the merger of AT&T and T-Mobile based on antitrust concerns reflects my own views of the need for true competition and value to consumers.”

In July, Reps. Eshoo, Ed Markey (D-MA), and John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) sent a letter to the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) asking them to conduct a careful, comprehensive and expeditious review of the proposed AT&T – T-Mobile merger and its potential effects on the mobile wireless marketplace, innovation and consumers across the country. A copy of the letter can be found here.

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