AT&T says FCC "cherry-picks" facts in T-Mobile spat

Reuters News
Posted: Dec 01, 2011 11:28 AM

(Reuters) - AT&T Inc <T.N> accused the staff of the top U.S. communications regulator of being "one-sided" in a critical report on AT&T's proposed buy of T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom <DTEGn.DE>.

"The report cherry-picks facts to support its (the staff) views, and ignores facts that don't. Where facts were lacking, the report speculates," said Jim Cicconi, AT&T's chief lobbyist, in a statement.

The Federal Communications Commission released a staff report this week that criticized AT&T's $39 billion plan to purchase T-Mobile USA for leading to high prices and job losses.

AT&T has withdrawn its FCC merger request, saying it will focus on fighting a Justice Department lawsuit that seeks to block the deal on antitrust grounds.

(Reporting by Diane Bartz and Jasmin Melvin; Editing by Tim Dobbyn)