The states involved are Arizona, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington. They want to know about customer habits (such as how often subscribers change to a new provider) in order to gauge the deal's competitive implications and, ultimately, the effect on consumers.
It's the latest escalation of scrutiny of the merger. The regulatory hurdles are already high for this deal, but there are bound to be more down the track, as we've reported here:
- AT&T Takes the Oath on T-Mobile Merger
- Regulatory Scrutiny Escalates for AT&T/T-Mobile
- AT&T/T-Mobile: Riddled With Regulatory Risk
- CTIA 2011: AT&T & T-Mobile: Net Neutrality Concerns
— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Light Reading Mobile