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The following is attributed to Gigi B. Sohn, president and CEO of Public Knowledge:
“Senate Antitrust Subcommittee Chairman Kohl hit all the right points in the letter he sent this morning to the Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
“He correctly perceives the dangers of large companies accumulating spectrum resources to strengthen their own market position and hurt competition, and that even Verizon’s offer to sell spectrum would not improve the competitive situation in a concentrated wireless market.
“He is also right to point out the ‘serious competition issues’ raised by the joint marketing and joint technology agreements between Verizon and the cable companies, noting the ‘implicit promise’ that Verizon will cease competing for video customers and the concerns that the agreements will turn Verizon and cable from competitors into business partners.
“Chairman Kohl was right to raise serious issues surrounding AT&T’s proposed takeover of T-Mobile and he is right again now to raise serious issues surrounding Verizon and the cable companies. The DoJ and FCC would be wise to pay attention.”