Sept. 16, 2011: Statement on 7 State Attorney Generals Joining DOJ Lawsuit AT&T- T- Mobile Merger

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), former chairman of the telecommunications subcommittee and one of the leading voices opposing the proposed AT&T – T-Mobile merger, issued the following statement on the announcement that seven state Attorney Generals have joined the Department of Justice suit against the deal:
Consumers and competition have received additional reinforcements as seven states joined the Justice Department’s lawsuit to take action to block AT&T’s merger with T-Mobile. These states are standing up for consumer protection, not corporate consolidation that limits choice and undercuts innovation.

"I have consistently said this merger would inevitably divide the nation into a Bell East and a Bell West. It would be an historic mistake.

“It is innovation, investment in new technology and competition that ultimately benefits consumers and our economy.”