The Effect of AT&T’s Acquisition of T-Mobile is Likely to Substantially Lessen Competition

38 Pages Posted: 8 Oct 2011

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Richard Brunell

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Date Written: August 15, 2011

Abstract

It is time to call a halt to what T-Mobile recently and correctly described as “a disturbing trend toward increasing concentration” in the wireless communications market. The two industry leaders, AT&T and Verizon, now collectively control approximately 65% of all wireless subscribers and revenues. Indeed, these figures understate the dominance of AT&T and Verizon, which garner 80% of industry profits, have exclusive access to the iPhone, possess the best spectrum, and control essential inputs such as roaming and backhaul services required by other carriers.

Keywords: AT&T, T-Mobile, antitrust, merger

Suggested Citation

Brunell, Richard, The Effect of AT&T’s Acquisition of T-Mobile is Likely to Substantially Lessen Competition (August 15, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1940147 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1940147

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