Sprint asks the US government to block AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile
It’s not the first time we’re hearing that Sprint is complaining about AT&T’s proposed buyout of T-Mobile USA. However, this time it’s official: Sprint has issued a press release in which it “urges the United States government to block” the acquisition.
Sprint says that AT&T’s takeover of T-Mo is anti-competitive and “would harm consumers”, reversing “nearly three decades of actions by the US government and the courts that modernized and opened US communications markets to competition.”
The carrier further promises that “on behalf of our customers, our industry and our country, Sprint will fight this attempt by AT&T to undo the progress of the past 25 years and create a new Ma Bell duopoly.” It remains to be seen how exactly it will do that.
If the deal goes through and AT&T completes the acquisition of T-Mobile, it will become North America’s largest mobile carrier, serving about 130 million customers. This will likely not happen this year anyway.