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    Hi, Frankly I don't believe the following line:


    "Top executives of AT&T Inc and T-Mobile insisted on Wednesday their proposed merger would benefit consumers and rejected criticisms that it would stifle innovation".

    See the kink below for the entire article.

    Take care,

    Jay

    AT&T, T-Mobile CEOs Defend Mobile Mega-Merger

    By REUTERS, May 11, 2011

    http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2011/...gewanted=print

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top executives of AT&T Inc and T-Mobile insisted on Wednesday their proposed merger would benefit consumers and rejected criticisms that it would stifle innovation.

    AT&T Chief Executive Randall Stephenson and T-Mobile USA CEO Philipp Humm appeared before the Senate Judiciary's antitrust subcommittee to defend their deal, which would concentrate 80 percent of U.S. wireless contract customers in just two companies -- AT&T/T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless.

    AT&T touted fewer dropped calls and faster data speeds to entice consumer and policymaker support for its $39 billion bid to take over Deutsche Telekom AG's T-Mobile USA.

    Lawmakers said they were intrigued by the potential to expand faster 4G wireless services to more parts of the country and provide a short-term solution to the spectrum crunch impairing voice and data services in high-density areas.

    But they want more evidence the deal won't also hurt consumer prices and options.
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    AT&T, T-Mobile Face Off Against Rivals on Merger
    By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, May 11, 2011

    http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2011...gewanted=print

    WASHINGTON (AP) Top executives from AT&T and T-Mobile USA are facing off against top officials from Sprint Nextel and Cellular South on Capitol Hill as lawmakers consider whether AT&T's proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile would produce better mobile service for consumers or crush competition in the wireless industry.

    AT&T President and Chief Executive Randall Stephenson told a Senate Judiciary subcommittee on Wednesday that the combination would lead to fewer dropped and blocked calls and faster mobile Internet connections for subscribers by allowing AT&T and T-Mobile to combine their limited wireless spectrum holdings.

    But Sprint Nextel Chief Executive Daniel Hesse warned that if federal regulators approve the deal, the wireless industry would regress to "a 1980s-style duopoly" dominated by AT&T and Verizon with smaller carriers like Sprint struggling to compete.
    Please Support Research into Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain and Spinal Injuries. If You Suffer from These, Consider Joining or Better Yet Forming a Support Group. No One Should Suffer from the Burden of Chronic Pain, Jay M. S. Founder, Leesburg Fibromyalgia/Resources Group

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