By Brendan Sasso - 02/01/12 05:05 PM EST
The Justice Department’s antitrust division is also probing whether the deal would hurt competition.
Harold Feld, legal director of consumer group Public Knowledge, said he is pleased the Senate will hold a hearing, and added that the deal raises “serious concerns.”
“Even without the agreements between Verizon, Comcast, and the other cable operators to resell each other’s services, this transaction would raise serious concerns about spectrum aggregation and the future [of] wireless competition,” Feld said in a news release. “But when, in addition, competitors become resellers of each other’s services, those charged with protecting consumers and promoting competition have a duty to take a very careful look.”