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AT&T stated in its press release of this morning that it and DT "are continuing to pursue the sale of Deutsche Telekom's U.S. wireless assets to AT&T and are taking this step to facilitate the consideration of all options at the FCC and to focus their continuing efforts on obtaining antitrust clearance for the transaction from the Department of Justice either through the litigation pending ....or alternate means. As soon as practical, AT&T Inc. and Deutsche Telekom AG intend to seek the necessary FCC approval."
The withdrawal notice was issued via the Commission's electronic filing system (WT Docket No. 11-65) yesterday, and was first reported in a joint company release of this morning.
As of this story posting, the filed withdrawal statement has not been posted on the FCC site. (Updated: The letter was posted by FCC staff on 11/25, and is copied, below.)
The move followed by one day the announcement by the Commission that Chairman Julius Genachowski launched procedural moves that guarantee FCC disapproval of the AT&T acquisition. The FCC proceeding began with a Commission Notice of April 14th this year.
This Tuesday FCC senior staff told the media that Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski placed two draft Orders with fellow Commissioners that strongly signal an eventual denial of approval of the deal by the federal regulatory body. In the non-transparent continuing practice of FCC, those draft Orders were placed "on circulation" with Commissioners and selected staff while withheld from public view.
AT&T - T-Mobile Merger Withdrawal