The mayors of more than 100 U.S. cities declared their support for the proposed AT&T/T-Mobile merger this week. The mayors, representing cities such as Miami, St. Louis and Sacramento, signed a petition delivered to the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice, in which they urged the agencies to approve AT&T's acquisition of the smaller wireless provider.
According to PCWorld, the governors of 26 U.S. states and 11 state attorneys general, also joined in the petition. Supporters say the merger will make mobile broadband more widely available as well as improve its speed and reliability, not to mention encourage innovation in the mobile space.
Opponents, on the other hand, say the combination will instead stifle innovation and competition. In fact, in an "opposition letter" also released this week, Consumer Watchdog told regulators AT&T made similar promises before it acquired Cingular Wireless, but never followed through.
For its part, the FCC announced Monday that it will review AT&T's $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile at the same time that it considers whether AT&T should be permitted to purchase $1.9 million in wireless licenses currently held by Qualcomm. International Business Times quotes an FCC statement as follows:
We have concluded that the best way to determine whether either or both of the proposed transactions serve the public interest is to consider them in a coordinated manner at this time.