Sprint Takes Aim at AT&T-Mobile In West Virginia PUC


Sprint is taking its opposition to the AT&T/T-Mobile deal to the state public utility commissions.

Sprint has submitted a formal request of the West Virginia state PUC to investigate the proposed $39 billion deal, saying it would adversely impact West Virginians because it would raise prices, restrict innovation and limit choice. It would also increase the footprint of one of Sprint's key competitors in the wireless space.

"By eliminating the fourth largest national competitor, AT&T would foreclose the prospect of an innovative, value-oriented competitor providing service throughout West Virginia," Sprint said in its May 2 request.

A Sprint spokesman said to expect the company to file similar requests for contested proceedings in other states.

AT&T has argued that the deal will promote wireless broadband deployment, stimulate the creation of thousands of jobs, improve public safety, and still face plenty of competition from Sprint, MetroPCS and Leap (Cricket), U.S. Cellular, Cox, Clearwire (a consortium of Sprint, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Intel, Google, and Bright House), and others.

The FCC is currently collecting comment on the proposed deal, with those comments due May 31.