Is Genachowski hedging his bets on AT&T, T-Mobile USA?

Posted November 22nd, 2011 in antitrust, AT&T, FCC, Government Regulation, T-Mobile USA, wireless communications and tagged , , , by Alton Drew

The Wall Street Journal yesterday reported that the Federal Communications Commission plans to put an order for an administrative hearing on the combination of AT&T and T-Mobile USA. This hearing might occur after the conclusion of the U.S. Department of Justice’s lawsuit against AT&T.

Interesting view on the part of Mr. Genachowski of the role the FCC has in antitrust. I thought all the FCC did was approve the transfer of licenses. If AT&T does win the lawsuit, will it try not to approve the license transfers?

I guess the FCC is feeling emboldened by the Senate’s failure to kill net neutrality rules.

Maybe Mr. Genachowski is hedging his bets. Why seek a hearing on the combination of AT&T and T-Mobile USA unless you thought there was a good chance that AT&T is going to win approval? He could have waited for the conclusion of the lawsuit before signaling a hearing was forthcoming.

Instincts tell me not to count AT&T out yet.

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