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News Release: November 22, 2011

WGAW Statement on FCC Action on AT&T/T-Mobile Merger 

LOS ANGELES -- Today, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski announced his intent to seek an FCC administrative hearing on the proposed merger between AT&T and T-Mobile. The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) has issued the following statement regarding the FCC’s action on the proposed AT&T/T-Mobile merger:

“The WGAW has believed from the beginning that the merger of AT&T and T-Mobile would be anticompetitive and not in the public interest. The substantial market power granted to AT&T through this merger would have allowed the provider to stifle innovation, increase prices, and decrease choices for wireless customers. With consumers rapidly adopting iPads and other tablets for video consumption, the proposed merger threatens the competitive development of a mobile video market to the detriment of writers and consumers. Throughout the transaction review period, the WGAW has met with the FCC to discuss these concerns and applauds Chairman Genachowski for his decision to designate a hearing on the AT&T-T-Mobile merger.”

The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) is a labor union representing writers of motion pictures, television, radio, and Internet programming, including news and documentaries. Founded in 1933, the Guild negotiates and administers contracts that protect the creative and economic rights of its members. It is involved in a wide range of programs that advance the interests of writers, and is active in public policy and legislative matters on the local, national, and international levels. For more information on the WGAW, please visit: www.wga.org.