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July 15 CPUC Workshop at SCU to Address Competition, Access Issues in the Planned $39 Billion AT&T/T-Mobile Merger
Wednesday, Jul. 13, 2011
Speakers to include Cardozo Law’s Susan Crawford, UC Berkeley’s Glenn Woroch and Santa Clara University Broadband Institute’s Allen Hammond.
SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 13, 2011 — The proposed $39 billion merger of AT&T and T-Mobile is being given a “substantive review” by the California Public Utilities Commission because of a protest by rival carrier Sprint, and because the deal would dramatically shrink the number of national mobile carriers to three from the current four.
The third of four public workshops and hearings on the impact of the proposed merger is being held this Friday, July 15th, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Santa Clara University’s Locatelli Center, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, Calif. 95053.
Speakers are expected to discuss the increased use of mobile platforms for data, not just voice services; the potential impact of the merger on innovation; the role of mobile devices in bridging the “digital divide” and other trends in mobile computing and telecom that could be impacted by the merger.
A full speaker agenda will be available soon and can be provided to interested media.
Other panels are expected to include a number of key interested parties in the merger, including representatives from AT&T and other carriers.
CPUC Commissioner Catherine Sandoval, a Santa Clara University professor of law, and Commissioner Timothy Alan Simon will give brief opening remarks at the start of the workshop at 9:30 a.m.
The CPUC is looking into AT&T's proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA, Inc. in order to investigate, gather, and analyze information relevant to the proposed merger's effects on the California economy and California consumers.
The CPUC will analyze whether to apply any conditions that would mitigate any California-specific effects of the merger, and whether the CPUC will need to take any further action. In addition, the information the CPUC gathers will create a record that the CPUC can relay to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in conjunction with the FCC's review of the proposed merger.