Un selecto grupo de representación de sectores de la sociedad ha enviado un comunicado a la Comisión Federal de Comunicaciones.

Una carta con fecha del 28 de Junio dirigida a Julius Genachowski, presidente de la Comisión Federal de Comunicaciones fue filtrada, donde los firmantes darían balance entre los que apoyan y repudian la compra-venta de T-Mobile de parte de AT&T por $36 billones.

Los que ahora podrían considerarse enemigos de este junte son Conocimiento Público, Unión de Consumidores, Prensa Libre, Coalición Futuro de la Música, Proyecto Acceso de Prensa, Coalición Nacional de Prensa Hispana, Iniciativa de Tecnología Abierta, Fundación New America, quienes han firmado la carta a la FCC respaldando a una consulta y audiencias con los grupos que se verán directamente afectados con esta unión.

Prácticamente, el grupo le da la razón a Sprint en cuanto a un posible dominio del 80% del mercado móvil de Estados Unidos, poniendo su posición de número 2 muy sólida y estrangularía oportunidades de empleo sin olvidar la posible repercusión de los precios de servicios de telefonía y data.

Fuente: Public Knowledge.org

Carta a FCC:

June 28, 2011

The Honorable Julius Genachowski

ChairmanFederal Communications Commission

445 Twelfth Street, SWWashington, D.C. 20554

Re: WT 11-65, Applications of AT&T Inc. and Deutsche Telekom AG For Consent To Assign or Transfer Control of Licenses and Authorizations

Dear Chairman Genachowski:

The undersigned write to ask that the Commission expeditiously convene a series of field hearings around the country to hear from the people who could be most affected by the merger of AT&T and T-Mobile. If approved, the merger would have serious repercussions around the country. As the undersigned have all argued, were just two wireless carriers to control nearly 80% of the market, prices would rise, jobs would be lost, and innovation would suffer. The Commission should not consider this merger without seeking direct input from those most impacted.

Holding hearings would be consistent with the Commission’s recent actions to increase public participation in its proceedings. In fact, the Commission has previously held field hearings about proposed mergers and other topics that greatly impact consumers. Furthermore, the Commission has recently held more than 85 public forums, where members of the public and other stakeholders can make their views known, in person, to Commission staff as well as Commissioners.

These forums have covered numerous topics, from the “Development of a Consolidated Licensing System”1 (where the Commission “encourage[d] significant public input”) to “Universal Service Fund/Intercarrier Compensation Reform”2(where, in a joint blog post, all five Commissioners stated that they “look[ed] forward to robust discussions with a diverse group of stakeholders”). The FCC also convened a hearing in Chicago to allow the public to weigh in on the Comcast/NBC merger.3It is heartening that the Commission’s commitment to public participation extends from technical matters about FCC licensing procedures all the way to mergers that raise significant competitive and public policy concern.

Further, as you stated to the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, the FCC is “focused on harnessing the power of communications technology to improve both communications and interaction between the agency and the public.”4Your testimony makes clear that the FCC has become a leader in providing online tools that allow the agency to communicate to the public and the public to communicate to the agency. But as the Commission realizes, online participation is not enough—particularly when millions of Americans do not have adequate broadband access. Therefore, public hearings will provide an opportunity for all stakeholders to provide their input directly to the Commission.

As a matter of great public concern, the AT&T/T-Mobile merger proposal deserves the Commission’s highest level of scrutiny and consideration. Thus, the undersigned urge you to continue your commitment to engaging the public byholding, before September, a series of public hearings around the country to discuss the implications of the merger. These hearings, and the direct input from the public they will provide, will help the Commission and each Commissioner come to a clearer understanding of the issues at stake.

Respectfully submitted,

PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE

CONSUMERS UNION

FREE PRESSFUTURE OF MUSIC COALITION

MEDIA ACCESS PROJECT

NATIONAL HISPANIC MEDIA COALITION

OPEN TECHNOLOGY INITIATIVE,

NEW AMERICA FOUNDATION

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