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California's Greenlining Institute Opposes AT&T Merger

July 7, 2011

The advocacy and public policy group Greenlining Institute objected to the proposed AT&T and T-Mobile merger in California Wednesday, saying it would hurt competition and eliminate jobs.

The California-based group, which has also opposed the merger in filings with the Federal Communications Commission, asked the California Public Utilities Commission to require more information from AT&T.

"The merger would harm competition in the retail value-conscious wireless services market; low-income and other value-conscious consumers would face increased prices and degraded quality of service," Greenlining says in its filing, available here.

"The merger would also harm competition in wholesale markets; the elimination of T-Mobile as the dominant value-conscious provider would give AT&T the incentive and ability to engage in anticompetitive conduct in the backhaul and roaming markets."

The proposed deal would make AT&T the No. 1 wireless provider in the U.S. market.

"In a world where wireless access is a necessity, the potential loss of T-Mobile's low-cost service presents a real threat to millions of low and moderate income Californians," Greenlining Institute General Counsel Samuel Kang said in a statement. "As it now stands, AT&T's purchase of T-Mobile will be bad news for our communities."

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