Wright Testifies on Proposed Telecom Merger

Professor Joshua Wright testified at a May 26 Capitol Hill hearing of the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet.

The subject of the hearing was, “How Will the Proposed Merger Between AT&T and T-Mobile Affect Wireless Telecommunications Competition?”

In his testimony Wright addressed some of the relevant antitrust economic issues that inform the debate, saying, “My testimony today focuses upon how we should think about evaluating the likely competitive effects of the proposed transaction between AT&T and T-Mobile USA from a consumer welfare perspective.”

Appearing with Wright as witnesses were Randall Stephenson, chairman, CEO, and president of AT&T, Inc.; Rene Oberman, CEO of Deutsche Telecom AG; Steven Berry, president and CEO of the Rural Cellular Association; Paul Desai, communications policy counsel for the Consumers Union; and Professor Andrew Gavil of Howard University.