AT&T officials not reading into merger silence from tech leaders even after CEO talks

"I'm sure our CEO has, but what we did was when we went to Silicon Valley was we were reaching out to the various [trade groups]," he said. 

He didn't take the silence of these leading tech companies as a bad sign. 

"I don't interpret silence by anyone as anything," he said, noting that  "they haven't come out against the merger."

He suggested that for Apple and Google, who have been under tough privacy scrutiny in recent weeks, the silence might be a result of a desire to avoid the Washington spotlight. 

"Both of those companies in the last thirty days have had more of Washington than they want to deal with," he said. 

A group of tech companies sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski Monday expressing their support for the merger. Signees included Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo, Oracle, Avaya, Brocade, Research in Motion and Qualcomm. 

AT&T's support from Silicon Valley was broadened by additional letters from 10 venture capital firms, including Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Sequoia Partners. 

The tech companies tied their support to consumer demand for wireless broadband. They need customers to have access to high-capacity networks if their own services are to continue flourishing. 

"Consumer demand for wireless broadband is dramatically increasing and our wireless networks are struggling to keep pace with the demand," the letter said.

Updated at 4:04 p.m.