Even as the federal governmentAT&T's of T-Mobile, the deal continues to win support at the state level.
Yesterday, the Louisiana Public Service Commission approved the deal by a 4-to-1 vote. In addition to expressing confidence that the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice will review the merger thoroughly, the Louisiana commission said that "the proposed acquisition has received overriding support locally, as is evidence by theand officials who are in support."
On May 20, Louisiana regulators said they were opening public comment on the merger, but were stopping short of conducting a formal investigation. The state's governor, Bobby Jindal (R), had already his backing in a letter (PDF) to the FCC the previous day.
The decision puts Louisiana in a large group of states that has shown strong approval for the merger in one way or another. At the time of this writing, 26 state governors (including Jindal) have voted to approve the deal without a hearing earlier this month. And just yesterday, Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel (R) announced he had jointly signed a letter to the FCC with attorneys general from Utah, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, North Dakota, South Dakota, West Virginia, and Wyoming.to the FCC and the Arizona Corporation Commission
Though state governments have no official power to deny the acquisition, they can slow the approval process at the federal level through antitrust lawsuits or by providing negative feedback to the FCC or the Justice Department. And on that front, AT&T hasn't won full approval yet.
California, Hawaii, and West Virgina and New York Attorney Generalare conducting investigations, though none have yet to release findings. Also in New York, the state's Public Service Commission last month that the merger could significantly harm public interest and stifle competition for wireless services.