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Kleiner Perkins Letter Backing AT&T-T-Mobile Deal

Kleiner Perkins Letter Backing AT&T-T-Mobile Deal

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Letter from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers to the Federal Communications Commission supporting AT&T's $39 billion deal for T-Mobile USA.
Letter from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers to the Federal Communications Commission supporting AT&T's $39 billion deal for T-Mobile USA.

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JuliusGenachowski,ChairmanFederalCommunicationsCommission445
12
th
Street,
SW
Washington,
D.C.
20554May
26,
2011WT11-65:
In
the
Matter
of
applications
of
AT&T
Inc.
and
DeutscheTelekom
AGforconsent
to
assignorTransferControl
of
licenses
and
Authorizations
DearChairmanGenachowski:
As
our
economyrecovers,technologystart-upswillhelpleadthewayincreating
new
jobsandrevivingstrugglingcommunities.Toget
offthe
ground,thesegrowingcompaniesrely
on
initialfinancialbacking
from
asmallcommunity
of
venturecapitalfirms.According
to
theNationalVentureCapitalAssociation,
each
year,theventurecapitalcommunitygeneratesroughly$3trillioninrevenue,putsmorethan
12
millionpeople
to
work,andaccounts
for
morethanone
fifth
of
thetotaleconomy.Fromthemainframe
to
the
PC
to
themicrochipand
the
Internet,venturecapitalistsare
an
integralpart
of
an
economicmodel
that
has
proven
to
besuccessful
time
and
time
again.
In
our
estimation,one
of
the
greatestopportunities
for
future
economicgrowthinvolveswirelessbroadbandandmobiledevices.
The
rise
of
smartphoneslike
the
iPhoneandAndroiddevices
has
createdapowerfulnewcomputingplatformonwhichmanystart-upsarebeingbuilt.Thisgrowth
opportunity
facesachallenge,however,
withthe
loomingprospect
of
"spectrumexhaust":overcrowdednetworkswillbeunable
to
provide
the
bandwidthrequired
forthe
excitingnewapplicationsand
other
innovativeideas
that
are
now
beingdevelopedby
tomorrow's
successfulcompanies.Weencouragepolicymakers
to
continue
their
efforts
to
free
up
the
spectrumnecessary
to
enableallnetworkprOViders
to
constructnext-generationbroadbandnetworks.
In
AT&T'sandT-Mobile'smergerapplications,however,thecompanieshighlight
the
near-termdifficulties
that
carrierscurrentlyface:market-specificcapacityissuescoupled
with
longer-termspectrumneeds
that
willdelay
or
prevent
the
deployment
of
thesenext-generationwirelessbroadbandnetworks.
By
combining
the
physicalinfrastructureandspectrumpositions
of
the
two
companies,
the
merged
entity
is
targetingdeployment
of
a
4G
LTE
b ~ o a d b a n d
infrastructure
to
morethan
97%
ofthe
UnitedStatespopulationinafastertimeframethaneitherfirmcouldachieveonitsown.This
commitment
wouldhelpmillions
of
AmericansthroughouttheUnitedStatesgain
access
to
a
network
that
can
supportinnovativetechnologies,applicationsanddevices.Thetechnologystart-upswe
workwith
willbeakeybeneficiary
ofthis
moreefficient

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