• As reported last week, the House IP and Competition Subcommittee held a hearing May 26, 2011 on the proposed AT&T/T-Mobile merger. In his written testimony, AT&T CEO and President Randall Stephenson stated that “This transaction is all about consumers. It’s about keeping up with consumer demand.” By constrast, Parul Desai, Policy Counsel for Consumers Union, stated in testimony that CU has “grave concerns about ... the negative effect it will have on consumers’ pocketbooks”. Professor Andrew Gavil of Howard University School of Law also submitted testimony, stating that although he could not “offer you a confident professional opinion as to whether the merger will likely or not prove to be a violation of Section 7 of the Clayton Act,” he is “deeply concerned that the proposed merger presents very substantial risks of anticompetitive effects”. For more information about the hearing, including copies of testimony, click here.
  • The House Communications Subcommittee will hold a hearing titled “Promoting Broadband, Jobs and Economic Growth Through Commercial Spectrum Auctions” on June 1, 2011, at 9:30 am Eastern in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. For more information, click here.
  • The House Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee will hold a hearing titled “Sony and Epsilon: Lessons for Data Security Legislation” on June 2, 2011, at 9:00 am Eastern in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. For more information, click here.
  • The House Oversight Subcommittee, part of the Commerce Committee, will hold a hearing titled “The Views of the Administration on Regulatory Reform: An Update” on June 3, 2011, at 9:30 am Eastern in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. For more information, click here.