Asserting that AT&T and T-Mobile USA have answered all of the FCC’s questions regarding models that were recently submitted by the parties in support of competitive and other efficiencies behind their proposed $39 billion union, the FCC last Friday notified the merger partners that it would restart the agency’s informal 180-day “shot clock” for reviewing the deal. On July 20, the FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau stopped the AT&T/T-Mobile merger review clock upon receiving new economic models from AT&T regarding efficiencies that the merger partners claim will be created by the deal and outweigh any potential anti-competitive effects of the transaction. The bureau stopped the clock on Day 82 to collect additional evidence from AT&T concerning the models in question. Resetting the clock at Day 83, Wireless Bureau Chief Rick Kaplan informed AT&T on Friday that “we have now received AT&T’s answers to our specific questions as well as AT&T’s confirmation that it believes our record is complete with respect to the models.” Meanwhile, in response to the lawsuit filed by the DOJ to block the merger, Genachowski issued a statement raising questions about whether the FCC would itself approve the transaction. According to Genachowski: “although our process is not complete, the record before this agency also raises serious concerns about the impact of the proposed transaction on competition. Vibrant competition in wireless services is vital to innovation, investment, economic growth and job creation, and to drive our global leadership in mobile.” Unless the FCC stops the shot clock again, the parties can expect the FCC to issue its decision by early December. Declaring, “the engineering and economic models we have provided . . . confirm the extensive capacity gains and corresponding consumer benefits that the combination of AT&T’s and TMobile’s complementary assets will produce,” AT&T senior vice president Bob Quinn voiced confidence “that the Commission will move expeditiously to complete its review.”