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The Podium

Friday, September 09

Some Questions for the DOJ

By Brad

At The Hill, Gautham Nagesh reports that in the wake of the Justice Department’s lawsuit to stop the merger of AT&T and T-Mobile, members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee want to have a discussion:

Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.), telecom subpanel chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) and Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) point to the nation’s unemployment rate and ask Attorney General Eric Holder and FCC chairman Julius Genachowski to what extent job creation and economic growth factor into their reviews of the merger.

“We have also seen press reports that DOJ’s ‘door is open’ if AT&T and T-Mobile USA want to address the DOJ’s ‘concerns’,” the lawmakers wrote. “We want to know what the DOJ’s specific concerns are and how these concerns relate to the impact on jobs and economic growth.”

Earlier this week, a federal judge asked both the DoJ and AT&T to mark September 21 on their calendars in order to talk through a possible settlement.