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MN Attorney General Letter

MN Attorney General Letter

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Urge your Attorney General to speak out agains the AT&T Takeover
Urge your Attorney General to speak out agains the AT&T Takeover

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Published by: Center for Media Justice on Oct 14, 2011
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October14,2011AttorneyGeneralLoriSwanson1400BremerTower445MinnesotaStreetSt.Paul,MN55101RE:ProposedAcquisitionofT-MobileUSA,Inc.byAT&TInc.DearAttorneyGeneralSwanson:TheundersignedorganizationsstronglysupportthedecisionoftheDepartmentofJusticeandthebi-partisangroupofeight(8)attorneysgeneral
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tofilesuittoblocktheproposedacquisitionofT-MobileUSA,Inc.byAT&TInc.(the"ProposedTransaction").Weurgeyoutoconclude--astheattorneysgeneralfromsevenstatesandPuertoRicohave--thattheProposedTransactionisharmfultocompetition,consumersandthepublicinterestandiscontrarytoantitrustlaws.WeurgeyoutosupportandparticipateinthelawsuittoblocktheProposedTransaction.WeappreciatethecommentsyoumadeshortlyaftertheProposedTransactionwasannouncedwhereyouacknowledgedthedetrimentofexcessiveconcentration.Wefurtherappreciatetheeffortsyourofficehasundertakentoexaminetheimpactsofthetransactionbyreviewingdocumentsandcoordinatingwithotherstateattorneysgeneral.Thepurposeoftheantitrustlawsistopreventmergersthatreducecompetition,andAT&T'sproposedpurchaseofitscompetitorT-Mobilemustbeevaluatedagainstthespiritofthoselaws.ThisProposedTransactionharmscompetitionandthecommunitymembersthattheundersignedgroupsrepresent.Wealldependonourwirelessdevicesdailytoconductbusiness,connectwithourfamiliesandhelpusinemergencysituations.Thepotentialnegativeimpactonwirelessmarketsin
 
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In addition to the U.S. Department of Justice, the Attorneys General of California, Illinois,Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico and Washington are plaintiffs inCivil No.11-01560 (ESH) in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

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