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FCC Commissioner Indicates ATT-T-Mobile Deal Could Face Steep Climb

FCC Commissioner Michael Copps, who opposed Comcast’s acquisition of NBC Universal, said that AT&T’s proposed deal to buy T-Mobile USA could face an “even steeper climb” than that deal.

In an interview with C-SPAN to be aired on Saturday, Copps said that he is concerned with the $39 billion deal, according to Reuters, which said it has viewed the C-SPAN interview. According to Reuters, Copps said that if the deal did win backing of a majority of commissioners, significant divestitures could be required. Both the FCC and Department of Justice must give their blessing to the deal.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik