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Sprint to Fight 'Ma Bell Duopoly'

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Mar 28, 2011, 2:23 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper
updated Mar 28, 2011, 2:48 PM

On March 20, Sprint issued a statement voicing its disapproval of AT&T's proposed $39 billion acquisition of competitor T-Mobile. At the time, Sprint said it objected, and asked the Federal Communications Commission and Department of Justice to examine the proposal extensively for any potential anti-competitive situations it might introduce. Today, Sprint has taken a stronger stance against the deal and vowed to wage war against the acquisition. In the statement, Vonya McCann, senior vice president, Government Affairs, said, "Sprint urges the United States government to block this anti-competitive acquisition. This transaction will harm consumers and harm competition at a time when this country can least afford it. As the first national carrier to roll out 4G services and handsets and the carrier that brought simple unlimited pricing to the marketplace, Sprint stands ready to compete in a truly dynamic marketplace. So 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." Sprint didn't specifically say how it will fight the acquisition, but the deal has to be approved by governmental regulators before it can move forward. Sprint could ask the CTIA, for example, to intervene on the behalf of U.S. wireless consumers. The CTIA has not yet issued a statement regarding the deal. AT&T is confident it can convince the government to approve the acquisition, but expects the process to take a year.

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Duopoly??? Troll-Bait Mar 29, 2011, 2:55 PM
loosing faith in Sprint by the minute... phonepimp248 Mar 28, 2011, 9:06 PM
Didn't Sprint... Cosmic Spiderman Mar 28, 2011, 3:19 PM
This is good sp_5015 Mar 28, 2011, 2:30 PM
Good to see Sprint standing up for what's best for consumers. kvlt Mar 28, 2011, 5:14 PM
Why Sprint Should Win This Fight. Slammer Mar 28, 2011, 6:34 PM
Sprint is scared! hahahaha glinc Mar 28, 2011, 2:39 PM
I don't care why Sprint is doing this, it's still the right thing. furyx639 Mar 28, 2011, 8:32 PM
Passion! Azeron Mar 28, 2011, 4:14 PM
just... compta5 Mar 28, 2011, 2:27 PM
Sprint will die a slow and painful death iDont Care Mar 28, 2011, 3:12 PM
Phonescoop right on the news first! landmarkcm Mar 28, 2011, 2:47 PM
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