Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Michael Copps (D) shared his misgivings regarding AT&T’s proposal to buy T-Mobile. Comparing the deal to the Comcast/NBC merger, which he voted against, Copps warned that the plan faces a “steep climb.”
One of the key concerns regarding the plan would be the concentration of the market; together the two companies would make up 80 percent of the U.S. wireless customers. The commissioner also worried that the attention given to the deal would "suck the oxygen" and take away attention from other issues the FCC is undertaking.
On the agenda before the commission is the implementation of the National Broadband Plan as the group moves forward in their efforts to expand broadband access in U.S.