By Brendan Sasso - 08/18/11 03:28 PM EDT
But according to Free Press, information that AT&T accidentally released last week undermines the company’s claim that it needs to buy T-Mobile to expand broadband access.
Documents unintentionally posted on the Federal Communications Commission’s website revealed it would cost AT&T $3.8 billion to expand its 4G coverage to 97 percent of the country — far less than the $39 billion cost of acquiring T-Mobile.
“The numbers don’t add up,” Free Press Political Director Joel Kelsey wrote in a letter to the lawmakers. “It’s clear that AT&T is willing to pay a hefty premium to kill the competition.”
Kelsey argued the deal would create a duopoly, with AT&T and Verizon controlling most of the wireless market. He claimed it would reduce consumer choice, lead to higher monthly bills and destroy jobs.
An AT&T spokeswoman said the leaked documents were consistent with AT&T’s previous statements.
“Once again, Free Press is twisting words and misrepresenting facts,” she said. “Simply put, AT&T would not be able to deliver 4G LTE to 55 million more Americans without this merger.”