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FCC 'Highly Skeptical' About Sprint/T-Mobile Tie-Up

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Feb 4, 2014, 8:13 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, told executives from SoftBank and Sprint he is highly skeptical a merger between Sprint and T-Mobile would pass regulatory review. SoftBank's Masayoshi Son and Sprint's Dan Hesse met with Wheeler Monday in an attempt to convince the FCC it would be beneficial to the market for Sprint and T-Mobile to combine in order to better fight AT&T and Verizon Wireless. Wheeler said he would keep an open mind about such a deal, according to sources cited by Reuters, but he also repeated the sentiment given by the U.S. Department of Justice that a merger between the No. 3 and No. 4 carriers would face a long road toward gaining regulatory approval.


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Feb 4, 2014, 8:10 PM

"Highly Skeptical"

Interesting sound bite from the FCC that had to think for almost a year to come to the same conclusion of a merge more obvious of higher skepticism. The ATT/Tmobile ordeal shouldn't even have been allowed as a concept. But, it did because of the financial pork barrel involved by one of the largest carriers.

I have always been against losing competition. But, it is clear that the industry's two leading carriers will forever be written as to remain the only two large carriers. No one will be allowed to compete on the same level. With the amount of small carriers going the way of south, Sprint or Tmobile will continue to get the small remains of the duopoly and never catch up. The time is now to move. The Goliaths need a larger Sampson.

Valid points but the main thing with this softbank proposition of course is. We don't want Sprint coming in & messing up Tmobile's strides & if it did happen def not Hesse in charge of things!
Hello. Wow good reply & again you make valid points. BUT at least in my opinion I would rather have the overlays as long as things are working fine. I am happily running Moto G currently on Tmobile & there HSPA+ is great. I sometimes can't even tell t...
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Feb 4, 2014, 1:19 PM


That's what I'm talking about!!!
This sucker's need to leave T-Mobile alone!!!!
i agree. the last thing we need is one less big competitor. i'm anti-merger.
Yes just what I want to read too. We don't want Sprint involved & especially not Hesse running things.
But its the other way around! DT wants to sell T-Mobile and has been looking for a buyer for the past few years!

Basically someone is going to buy them but the question is who?
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