Sprint has been very vocal about how they feel about the AT&T and T-Mobile merger especially through their CEO, Dan Hesse, who claimed that if this deal goes through, it will create a “duopoly” in the mobile market and how bad it will be for consumers in general.
Sprint announced earlier that they are formally “requesting the FCC to block the proposed $39 billion takeover of T-Mobile and that it is the commission’s job to protect consumers and the industry against the kind of anti-competitive market control” that will come out from this merger. Check out the outlines of this request:
- The proposed T-Mobile takeover would harm the broadband economy, competition and consumers. It would reverse two decades of successful U.S. government wireless competition policy and result in higher prices for consumers in the absence of marketplace choices.
- The proposed T-Mobile takeover would harm innovation and investment. Approval of this transaction would uniquely position the Twin Bell duopolists of AT&T and Verizon as the gatekeepers of the digital ecosystem, stifling innovation and choice in new devices and applications, and the capital markets that fund them.
- The proposed T-Mobile takeover has no public interest benefit. The transaction would do nothing to relieve AT&T’s purported spectrum congestion. AT&T is already the largest holder of licensed spectrum and unused spectrum and has simply failed to upgrade or invest sufficiently in its network. Moreover, AT&T does not need T-Mobile to expand its LTE network to reach 97 percent of all Americans, because its current spectrum holdings and network already reach approximately 97 percent of the population.
It isn’t new to anyone that the AT&T and T-Mobile deal has brought a lot of opposition not only from Sprint but from consumers and also some government officials. Who knows if the FCC will actually listen to all the voices saying a big “NO” to this merger.