10 Jul AT&T fires back at Sen. Kohl
AT&T hit back at Sen. Herb Kohl Wednesday, denying that the wireless industry is anti-competitive and again insisting that its exclusivity arrangement with Apple for the iPhone has paved the way for other innovative smartphones, not served as a hindrance.
“The popularity of the iPhone and its innovative features and applications … has provoked an unprecedented competitive reaction,” James Cicconi, senior vice president of external and legislative affairs, wrote in a letter to Kohl, a Wisconsin Democrat.
Kohl, chairman of the Senate Judiciary antitrust subcommittee, wrote in a Monday letter to FCC chairman Julius Genachowski and Christine Varney, assistant attorney general at the Department of Justice, asking the two to investigate exclusive handset arrangements, as well as industry competitiveness and several other issues.
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