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6-24-11 ATT-TM Merger Letter DFL

6-24-11 ATT-TM Merger Letter DFL

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June24,201ITheHonorableJuliusGenachowskiFederalCommunicationsCommission445
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thisyear'sStateoftheUnionaddress,thePresidentpledgedthatwithinfiveyears,governmentwouldmakeit"possibleforbusinessestodeploythenextgenerationofhigh-speedwirelesscoverageto98percentofallAmericans"andconnect"everypartofAmericatothedigitalage."ThosedigitalconnectionswilldriveinvestmentandinnovationinnewtechnologiesandservicesandmovetheAmericaneconomyforwardtoensureournation'scontinuingglobalcompetitiveness.WearecognizantthattheproposedmergerbetweenAT&TandT-MobileUSAiscurrentlybeingreviewedbytheCommissionandtheDepartment,and
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isimportantthatthosereviewsproceedinathoroughandexpeditiousmannertofairlyexamineanrelevantissuesincludingconsumerprices,competition,andinnovation.Onesignificantissuetoassessinyourreviewsisincreasednationalcoverage.Asapartofitsmergerproposal,AT&Thascommittedtobuildinganext-generationwirelessbroadbandnetworkthatproposestocover97percentofAmericans.Suchacommitmentwillrequirebillionsofdollarsinprivateinvestmentcapitalandcreatethousandsofjobs,includingmanygoodpayingunionjobswithsolidbenefits,whichwillgreatlycontributetoourcontinuingeconomicrecovery.
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isalsoimportanttonotethatthepotentialforubiquitous,wirelessbroadbandthroughoutournationwouldbeasignificantbenefitforthemillionsofAmericansthatmaynototherwiseseethosebenefits,includingourconstituentslivinginruralandunderservedcommunities.Bringing21stcenturywirelessinfrastructuretotheseareasisabsolutelycriticalforournation'slongtermeconomicgrowth.AsthePresidenthasstated,wirelessbroadbandis"aboutaruralcommunityinIowaorAlabamawherefannersandsmallbusinessownerswinbeabletoselltheirproductsallovertheworld."Weagree.Finally,wenotethatnationwidewirelessbroadbandinfrastructureswillprovidearobustplatformforthedevelopmentofnewtechnologies,applications,productsandservicesbyAmerica'smostinnovativecompanies.TheUnitedStatescreatedandisthecurrentworldleaderinthedevelopmentofmobileapplicationsthatimprovetheproductivityandqualityoflifeofourcitizens.Furtherinvestmentandexpansionofthenetworksthatcarrythoseapplicationsiscriticaltomaintainourleadership.Thebenefitsofnationwide,nextgenerationwirelessbroadbandaremanifest,andwesupportthePresident'spledgetomakethatvisionareality.ThependingAT&Tmergerproposalpledgestohelprealizethatvisionandforthisreason,weurgeyoutogiveimportantconsiderationtotheseandotherprospectivebenefitsduringyourcomprehensivereviews.
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