In today’s edition of the Chicago Tribune, the paper’s editorial board comes out strongly in favor of approval of the AT&T and T-Mobile merger. After highlighting the negative effect the Justice Department’s actions could have on job creation, the editorial board writes:
Access to advanced wireless Internet is the key. A merger of AT&T and T-Mobile would bring an under-served swath of America into the 21st century of high-speed mobile data communication. Much like the rural electrification movement of the 1930s, this deal offers a chance for many Americans to leap ahead technologically.
If Justice gets its way, progress will slow to a crawl. We think the FCC should approve the merger after obtaining appropriate concessions — and Justice should settle its case sooner, not later. Dragging out this proceeding stands to hurt a nation that can ill afford more damage from a government too often hostile to business interests.
Read the whole thing, as they say.