Louisiana Public Service Commission approve merger

Staff reports

The Internet Innovation Alliance (IIA) today applauds the Louisiana Public Service Commission’s recent move to approve AT&T’s proposed purchase of T-Mobile, a decision expected to help make next-generation mobile broadband service available to 98 percent of Louisiana residents.

“In approving the AT&T/T-Mobile merger, the Louisiana PSC voted for a more connected future for all residents, both urban and rural,” said IIA Co-Chairman Bruce Mehlman.  “High-speed mobile broadband puts all communities on an equal footing in the global competition for jobs, customers and services.”

The PSC voted 4-1 on Wednesday to approve the merger.  The combination is expected to make mobile broadband available to an additional 1.1 million people in the state, including many who live in rural and remote areas.  

“Lack of access to technology shouldn’t hinder anyone’s ability to conduct business,” said Michael Olivier, from the Committee of 100 for Economic Development.  “We support the merger because existing small businesses will have the opportunity to utilize this technological tool – high-speed Internet – in order to reach new customers in rural and secluded Louisiana communities.  Mobile broadband will spur investments that will help grow local industries and allow new businesses to be created.”