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Sprint Taking Another Step To Stop The AT&T-Mobile Merger

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.



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  1. Either way if this At&t T-Mobile deal goes through not only is it bad for the general consumer, but it also proves how easily congress is won over with a little more money. You may say that millions and even billions of dollars are not little amounts of money, but they are when compared to the profit level’s of a company the size of At&t. On the surface and at it’s start it may look and seem good. But in 2 years time everyone who states it is very positive or even somewhat positive is going to be wishing they had a chastity belt because there rear end will be hurting and we know from the last monopoly trial that At&t does not stop. This is going to be a fiasco for the general consumer, but on the other hand if At&t looses it will strengthen T-Mobile considerably. So I truly do hope At&t looses this (I personally do not see how a company once busted up by the government for monopolistic existence and business practices can really even be considered for something this large), and therefore T-mobile is strengthened as well as becomes it’s own US entity (not to mention has another 6 billion to upgrade there network), The craziest part of all of this to me is that At&t for what I need in cellular communications actually beats everyone else’s prices on a two year contract by more than 10 dollars a month (yes including Sprint and T-Mobiles current deal as well as Metro when network reach and stability in my area is taken into consideration). My monthly would be just over $12.00 cheaper for what I need with the discounts I qualify for, and with the services I need, not to mention there network is exceptionally strong where I am at (The Atlanta, Ga. area). 

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