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Saturday, June 11, 2011

PRC Commissioner Jason Marks Urges FCC to Stop Proposed Merger of AT&T and T-Mobile

Bravo: On June 8, 2011, Public Regulation Commissioner Jason Marks electronically filed this letter with the FCC urging it to refused to allow the proposed merger between AT&T and T-Mobile "as it will have a detrimental impact on national and local markets for wireless services and is therefore not in the public interest." As Commissioner Marks explains in this excerpt:

Consolidation in the wireless industry from the "wild west" era of the 1990s was both inevitable and necessary to create national footprints and the platforms needed to roll-out the latest innovations. But now we have come to a bridge too far. After the Verizon-Alltel merger, there are four national wireless carriers remaining. If you approve the merger between AT&T and T-mobile that will leave only three - the magical, dysfunctional number of players in the cable/satellite TV arena in most markets.

Moreover, there's a strong possibility that the market will not remain at three national carriers after this merger due to the relative sizes and other characteristics of the surving companies. In approving this merger, the FCC may very likely be blessing a terminal state of duopoly.

The potential detrimental effects of the merger may be exacerbated in largely rural states like New Mexico.

June 11, 2011 at 08:23 AM in NM Public Regulation Commission, Regulation, Telecommunications | Permalink


I agree with Mr. Marks. In my opinion, the persons responsible for this merger idea are motivated by greed. They already sucked in Southwest Bell. This looks like it would lead to a monopoly, or duopoly, as Mr. Marks described. Not to mention that the poor of our society are the ones who suffer at the hands of the wealthy. "The love of money is the root of all evil" Holy Bible.

Posted by: Delores Cox | Jun 12, 2011 4:30:59 PM

I agree with and support Commissioner Marks' statement. Media Literacy Project has been following this issue closely and we know this merger would have detrimental economic impacts on New Mexico families. It's encouraging to see Commissioner Marks take a public stand to protect low-income and rural communities.

Posted by: Andrea Quijada | Jun 23, 2011 4:05:34 PM

I would like to commend and support PRC Commissioner Marks for honoring the mission of the NM Public Regulation Commission by making the interest of the citizens and consumers of New Mexico more important than a corporate agenda. "The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC) regulates the utilities, telecommunications, motor carriers and insurance industries to ensure fair and reasonable rates, and to assure reasonable and adequate services to the public as provided by law." Thank you for reminding AT&T about the PRC and working class New Mexicans.

Posted by: Hakim Bellamy | Jun 23, 2011 4:52:30 PM

This merger would kill jobs, end low-end plans for low income families, and remove any incentive for AT&T to improve its network or services = BAD IDEA.

Posted by: Jeff | Jun 23, 2011 5:26:51 PM

Commissioner Marks is taking a public interest position worthy of support!

Here's more on the rural issues arising from AT&T-Mobile merger http://www.freepress.net/resource/letter-house-commerce-committee-chairman-upton-and-ranking-member-waxman-about-att-merger-c

Posted by: Sean Taketa | Jun 23, 2011 5:38:44 PM

Mr. Marks is to be commended for drawing attention to the negative impacts of the proposed merger on market competition in wireless. Functional duopolies do not serve customer's needs for robust competition to keep prices down and a wide range of service options available. With more and more Americans accessing news, information and contact with friends and family via mobile devices, we can't afford to have the market on those devices cornered to increase the bottom line for AT&T. We the people will suffer with fewer choices and higher prices.

Posted by: Tracy Rosenberg | Jun 23, 2011 6:01:12 PM

If democracy and people power are still possible, I agree with Mr. Marks.

Posted by: Derek Garcia | Jun 23, 2011 7:15:30 PM

I would like to commend Mr. Marks for raising questions about the AT&T Merger and it's impact on working class rural communities in the state of New Mexico. We at Center for Media Justice hope that this inspires other state champions to come forward and challenge this proposed merger that will hurt everyday people, families and communities throughout the country.

Posted by: Betty Yu | Jun 23, 2011 10:44:13 PM

Way to go, Commissioner Marks! We need more leaders like you who are willing to put the people first.

Posted by: Jessica Gonzalez | Jun 24, 2011 7:56:44 AM

I hope policymakers everywhere take note of the actions of Commissioner Marks. We need more champions like Mr. Marks willing to stand up for communities, and make corporations behave responsibly. Thank you Commissioner Marks!

Posted by: Malkia Cyril | Jun 25, 2011 12:48:24 AM

Something for the CWA to share, then consider.


Posted by: Hakim Bellamy | Jun 29, 2011 2:09:26 PM