AT&T Bid to Buy T-Mobile USA: Statement by Consumers Union

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WASHINGTON, D.C., March 20, 2011 — Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports, today urged federal regulators to take a hard look at the potential harm to consumers and competition from AT&T’s proposal to buy T-Mobile USA.

Parul P. Desai, policy counsel for Consumers Union, said, “AT&T is already a giant in the wireless marketplace, where customers routinely complain about hidden charges and other anti-consumer practices.  From a consumer’s perspective, it’s difficult to come up with any justification or benefits from letting AT&T swallow up one of its few major competitors.  We plan to work very closely with regulators and lawmakers to carefully scrutinize this deal and what it would mean to people’s pocketbooks.”

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Media contact: David Butler, Consumers Union, dbutler@consumer.org