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Sprint: AT&T and T-Mobile Merger Would Create Duopoly

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Apr 19, 2011, 4:24 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Sprint held a conference call this afternoon in an attempt to cast some spin on comments made about CEO Dan Hesse by AT&T. On April 15, Hesse made comments regarding Sprint's opposition to the AT&T/T-Mobile merger. AT&T responded with a post on its policy blog, saying that Hesse's remarks were off-base, and not consistent with its past position regarding mergers and acquisitions, and the competitive nature of the market. Sprint representative John Taylor said that AT&T's blog post was an attempt to mislead the public on Sprint's position. Taylor says that Sprint favors mergers and acquisitions, but not in the case of AT&T and T-Mobile, which it repeatedly said would create an imbalanced duopoly (AT&T/T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless) in the U.S. Sprint said that the merger will reduce competition, slow innovation, increase consumer pricing, and won't lead to any real consumer benefit. Sprint says the merger won't lead to LTE in rural areas, nor will it improve coverage in urban areas, as AT&T and T-Mobile's GSM networks almost entirely overlap. Sprint said it will continue to "raise the alarm" about the merger, which it firmly believes should not happen. It expects U.S. governmental regulators to see past what it called AT&T's attempts to distract the public. AT&T is expected to file official paperwork with the FCC this week. The FCC has promised the deal will undergo a thorough review.

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Just suppose this worked out for the consumer Vmac39 Apr 20, 2011, 9:22 AM
Dan Hesse is a brilliant, customer focused CEO & Sprint RULES!!! tether Apr 20, 2011, 1:13 PM
quit your cryin edzero Apr 20, 2011, 10:23 AM
Go Team Hesse!? a992156 Apr 19, 2011, 5:40 PM
I still don't get this whole merger thing. tgc1980 Apr 20, 2011, 1:18 AM
I agree with everything except for the whole "duopoly" thing... Troll-Bait Apr 20, 2011, 5:31 PM
Sick of Sprint's lies... phonepimp248 Apr 19, 2011, 10:17 PM
Silly Sprint iDont Care Apr 19, 2011, 4:36 PM
"AT&T and T-Mobile's GSM networks almost entirely overlap. " Azeron Apr 19, 2011, 6:09 PM
New Development wvucraig Apr 20, 2011, 4:11 PM
That Is Competition! renato3gs Apr 20, 2011, 12:58 AM
Sprint: "we are an insignificant company who cannot compete" Troll-Bait Apr 20, 2011, 9:11 AM
This is america jack.. ajac09 Apr 19, 2011, 7:35 PM
rural LTE is just a ploy -- see the maps WiWavelength Apr 19, 2011, 6:55 PM
Blah, blah, blah... muchdrama Apr 19, 2011, 6:04 PM
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