Hi all,

FYI. Please see the link for the balance of this article.

Take care,


FCC Asks AT&T About Spectrum Claims

By REUTERS, May 27, 2011, (Editing by Richard Chang)


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal telecommunications regulators have asked AT&T Inc for more information on its planned merger with T-Mobile USA, including claims on spectrum shortages, coverage overlaps and plans to close facilities.

AT&T's plan to buy T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom AG for $39 billion has been attacked as a bad idea because it would further reduce the number of wireless carriers.

The Federal Communications Commission, in a filing posted on its website on Friday, asked the companies for all analyses and plans it had drawn up to deal with spectrum shortages.

AT&T, the second largest wireless carrier, had cited spectrum shortages as the key reason for its decision to buy T-Mobile USA, the fourth largest U.S. mobile provider.