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FCC Chairman Pans Failed AT&T Merger

December 19, 2011

When AT&T asked the Federal Communications Commission to approve its bid to buy T-Mobile's spectrum licenses earlier this year, it was months before FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski revealed an opinion about the merger.

And on Monday, when AT&T announced that it was officially giving up on the proposed merger, the famously circumspect Genachowski may have seemed once again to avoid taking any position on the news -- at least for a few minutes.

In a statement released Monday night, the Genachowski simply stated that the FCC is committed to a competitive wireless marketplace and said he agreed with AT&T that Congress needs to act to free up more spectrum resources.

The Twittersphere took note of the seeming non-statement but the FCC 10 minutes later, quickly corrected the oversight -- with an email adding one key sentence to his commitment to competition:

"The FCC is committed to ensuring a competitive mobile marketplace that drives innovation and investment, creates jobs and benefits consumers. This deal would have done the opposite," it read.

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