TechNet Files Supportive Comments with FCC On Proposed Merger of AT&T and T-Mobile
TechNet Files Supportive Comments with FCC On Proposed
Merger of AT&T and T-Mobile
Washington, DC – TechNet, the bipartisan policy and political network of CEOs that promotes the growth of the innovation economy, today filed supportive comments with the Federal Communications Commission regarding the proposed merger of AT&T and T-Mobile.
“An AT&T/T-Mobile merger offers many benefits not only to the technology sector but to the country as a whole,” said Rey Ramsey, President and CEO of TechNet. “The problem of spectrum availability is very real and the necessity to accelerate broadband deployment across the nation is vital to America’s economy and our future job growth.”
The following are the comments TechNet filed today with the FCC:
“The Technology Network (“TechNet”), which represents the nation’s leading technology companies in support of policies to strengthen the nation’s innovation-driven global competitiveness, submits these comments to express our views on the proposed merger between AT&T and T-Mobile (WT Docket No 11-65). TechNet is the bipartisan policy and political network of CEOs that promotes the growth of the innovation economy.
“TechNet sees opportunities for job-creating investments in the combined AT&T-T-Mobile network, as well as easing constraints on the utilization of increasingly scarce spectrum. Expanding the capability and capacity of broadband spectrum is of critical importance to TechNet’s member companies. Such increased broadband spectrum will allow our members to grow their business in the technologies, services, software and equipment that make apps, social networking, mobile banking and payments, long-distance learning, mobile commerce, energy management and countless other activities possible. TechNet urges policymakers to keep these potential upsides in mind when considering this merger.
“Specifically, TechNet sees three opportunities associated with this proposed merger.
“First, a combined AT&T and T-Mobile could help alleviate an impending shortage of spectrum while also accelerating the deployment of wireless broadband nationwide. The two companies have complementary spectrum assets that, when combined, promise efficiencies in the use of spectrum that effectively increase overall spectrum supply. Among the possible consequences of combining the two companies’ spectrum assets is a more rapid rollout of a national 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network. An AT&T-T-Mobile merger could mean that a fourth generation wireless broadband network would get to more Americans faster.
“Second, the proposed merger is consistent with goals laid out in the National Broadband Plan (NBP) to increase the availability of spectrum. The NBP points out the growing demand for spectrum in America and spectrum’s role as the “great enabler” for social and economic advancement. Although a range of policy initiatives are necessary to better allocate and utilize spectrum, the combined spectrum assets of AT&T and T-Mobile can be an ingredient in making wireless broadband more quickly and widely available throughout America.
“Third, a combined AT&T and T-Mobile could also foster job creation. To meet AT&T’s commitment to cover 97% of the U.S. population with an LTE network, the combined companies would make sizable additional investments in the network build-out to accomplish this goal. This means jobs for workers in the industries that build wireless broadband networks.
“TechNet is not now taking a position on any conditions that may be placed on this proposal by any government agency. We appreciate you taking our perspectives under consideration.”
A copy of the TechNet filing is available upon request and available here.
TechNet is the national, bipartisan network of CEOs that promotes the growth of technology industries and the economy by building long-term relationships between technology leaders and policymakers and by advocating a targeted policy agenda. TechNet’s members represent more than one million employees in the fields of information technology, biotechnology, e-commerce and finance. TechNet has offices in Washington, DC, Palo Alto, Sacramento, Seattle, Boston and Austin. Web address: www.technet.org. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter at @technetupdate.
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