Today brings another chapter in the merger between AT&T/T-Mobile. Sprint has yet again stepped in and voiced their concerns regarding the merger between these companies and they have asked state regulators in West Virgina to review the deal between the two major GSM carriers.
In a statement from Sprint they said:
“Clearly the interest of the public in this state will be adversely affected by the proposed merger because it is anticompetitive and will hurt consumers by raising prices, restricting innovation and limiting choices of wireless providers,” Sprint said in their filing. Sprint says the state of West Virginia has a duty to make sure any deals such as this one do not harm the public interest.
In response to Sprint’s request AT&T responded:
“AT&T is trying to bring the latest and fastest mobile Internet service to most of the citizens of West Virginia. Since Sprint is trying to stop that, we hope state officials will ask Sprint what its own plans are for bringing LTE speeds to the people of West Virginia,” J. Michael Schweder, AT&T’s president of the Mid-Atlantic region, said in a statement. “We suspect Sprint either has no such plan, or that its own plans pale in comparison to AT&T’s. In either case, we’re confident West Virginians will see Sprint’s filing for what it is–a cynical effort to hurt a competitor, even if the ones truly hurt are the many people of West Virginia who would be denied the fast mobile Internet speeds they need and want.”
From what we gather this will not be the first state that Sprint plans on asking to review the merger details and they will continue voicing their opinion regarding the merger between AT&T and T-Mobile.