Sprint Opposes Merger of AT&T and T-Mobile


Sprint said Monday it was opposed to the merger of AT&T and T-Mobile, which is not a big surprise since it would bulk up its major competitor.

"The transaction, which requires the approval of the Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission, and will likely spark a host of hearings in the U.S. Congress, would reverse nearly three decades of actions by the U.S. government and the courts that modernized and opened U.S. communications markets to competition," said Sprint in a statement. "The wireless industry has sparked unprecedented levels of competition, innovation, job creation and investment for the American economy, all of which could be undone by this transaction."

"Sprint urges the United States government to block this anti-competitive acquisition," said Vonya McCann, senior vice president, government affairs, for Sprint, on the company's Web site. "This transaction will harm consumers and harm competition at a time when this country can least afford it."

"The U.S. wireless market is intensely competitive with five or more competitors in 18 of the top 20 markets," said AT&T in a response. "The AT&T T-Mobile merger will improve quality for consumers, provide a near-term solution to spectrum exhaust, and expand the availability of LTE to 95% of Americans, spurring innovation and economic growth."

The White House has urged private industry to try and deliver 4G wireless to 95% of the country within five years. AT&T maintains that teaming up with T-Mobile will help it deliver those 95%.