Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) “has requested that [the] Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice examine AT&T’s proposed acquisition of T-Mobile ‘to ensure it does not limit competition and that consumers not face higher prices or reduced services as a result,’” AppleInsider reports.
In a letter to the two agencies, Klobuchar noted that after acquiring T-Mobile, AT&T would serve 42 percent of US wireless subscribers, reducing the top four carriers to three.
Combined with its primary competitor Verizon Wireless, the top two US carriers would control 73 percent of the American market.
“Although this deal may spark innovation in the wireless industry,” Klobuchar wrote, “I remain concerned that increased concentration will, at the same time, lead to fewer choices, higher prices and reduced service for wireless consumers.”
Read the full letter in a press release linked here. According to the release, Klobuchar is a “member of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet, which has jurisdiction over the FCC.”
She also serves “on the Senate Judiciary Antitrust, Competition Policy, and Consumer Rights Subcommittee, which is charged with overseeing the DOJ Antitrust Division.”