The chairman and the top Democrat on the US House Judiciary Committee have asked the
The Associated Press report said Reps. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., and John Conyers, D-Mich., sent a letter to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales asking for the delay until a federal judge decides whether the previous merger of SBC Communications and the old AT&T, as well as the merger of Verizon and MCI, were in the public interest.
The chairman of the Senate subcommittee that deals with antitrust matters, Sen. Mike DeWine, R-Ohio, added his voice to the cautionary chorus, the Associated Press report said.
He and the panel's top Democrat, Sen. Herb Kohl of
Among their concerns: the amount of wireless spectrum that the merged companies would control, the report added.
A day earlier, Kohl and Sen. Patrick Leahy of
AT&T announced in March that it was buying BellSouth for $67 billion. The deal must be approved by both the Justice Department and the FCC before it can close, the report said.
Late last week, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin circulated an order at the agency recommending approval of the merger, according to sources.