Wireless Firms Dial Up Lobbyists

The wireless industry has begun bracing for a long four years.

Regulators and lawmakers are examining a widening number of issues–from exclusive handset deals to text-messaging rates–that could impact the largest U.S. wireless carriers, companies such as Verizon Wireless (VZ) and AT&T Inc. (T).

Hoping to stave off regulatory or congressional action, wireless carriers are snapping up former staffers for Democratic lawmakers and beefing up their lobbying operations.

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