Kansas attorney general urges FCC to kill AT&T/T-Mobile deal

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 He acknowledged that expanding wireless broadband access is important to rural states such as Kansas, but rejected AT&T's argument that the merger would improve its network. 

"With or without this proposed merger, AT&T will have to continue LTE rollout beyond 80 percent to remain competitive," Schmidt claimed, arguing that AT&T needs to compete with Verizon, which has already launched next-generation wireless technology in dozens of cities.

The Justice Department has filed suit, arguing that the merger of AT&T and T-Mobile would violate antitrust law by "substantially" reducing competition in the wireless market. Seven states and Puerto Rico have joined the Justice Department's case, but Kansas was not among them.

The FCC is conducting its own review to determine if the transaction is in the public's interest.

An AT&T spokesman pointed to the many public officials who support the deal.

“It is not unusual for state attorneys general to participate in merger review proceedings," the spokesman said in an email. "At the same time, we appreciate that state attorneys general are publicly supportive of our merger, as are hundreds of other local, state and federal officials.”