The Washington Times - March 21, 2011, 04:30PM

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith announced Monday the panel will schedule a hearing to examine the proposed merger of telecommunications giants AT&T and T-Mobile.

The Texas Republican said the proposed merger raises “important questions” about competition in the telecommunications industry, its potential effect on U.S. consumers and the future of wireless communications.

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“Congress must take a close look at the plan to ensure that the proposed merger promotes a healthy and competitive telecommunications market,” Smith said.