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T-Mobile Subsidiary Expresses Doubts About Wireless Merger

June 3, 2011

A T-Mobile subsidiary was among the groups that formally asked federal regulators to place conditions on a proposed merger between T-Mobile and AT&T.

In a petition to deny filed with the Federal Communications Commission this week, Iowa Wireless Services expresses concern about the potential effects of the merger. T-Mobile and its parent company, Deutsche Telekom, indirectly own 54 percent of Iowa Wireless.

"Iowa Wireless does not ask the Commission to deny AT&T's application on an absolute basis," according to the filing. "Rather, Iowa Wireless requests that the FCC also require AT&T to agree to certain commitments to foster the continued provision and expansion of wireless services in rural areas, should the FCC determine that the transaction is in the public interest."

Iowa Wireless asked the FCC to require AT&T to maintain networks, roaming services, and other existing agreements until Iowa Wireless is ready to shift, as well ensure that the smaller company can still gain access to the latest devices.

The company says AT&T's plan to upgrade to next-generation wireless could undermine investments made by Iowa Wireless as others.

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