By Brendan Sasso - 07/19/11 07:34 PM EDT
AT&T argues that the merger will create new jobs and improve economic growth.
"[Public Knowledge] also conveniently ignores the significant investment that will be necessary to expand our LTE network to reach over 97% of all Americans. That investment will create jobs, and will have job-creating ripple effects throughout the economy, particularly in rural areas," wrote Joan Marsh, AT&T's vice president of federal regulatory affairs, in a blog post on the company's website on Tuesday.
According to AT&T, the transaction will create as many as 96,000 jobs.