Franken is pleased Justice will try to block AT&T merger

Sen. Al Franken says he’s happy to see the Justice Department taking steps to block the proposed merger between cell phone giants AT&T and T-Mobile.

In July, Franken asked the Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission to reject the merger, MPR notes. He’s worried that the merger would allow AT&T and Verizon to control 80 percent of the market.

“I have long believed that this merger would be a terrible deal for consumers, and I’m pleased the Department of Justice has taken the wise step of officially opposing it,” Franken said in a statement. 

This puts him in the rare position of being at odds with labor unions, who support the merger because it would increase the number of union jobs.

Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Victor Johnson on 09/01/2011 - 11:46 am.

    Let us hope the Kock brothers do not own any part of either company. Think of the media opportunity they would have.

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