Washington – Sprint Nextel on Tuesday formally requested that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) block AT&T’s proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA.

The company said the acquisition would “harm the broadband economy, competition and consumers, and “has no public interest benefit.”

It also said the deal — which would create the nation’s largest wireless carrier — can’t be remedied through divestitures or conditions.

“This proposed takeover puts our mobile broadband future at a crossroads,” said Vonya McCann, Sprint’s senior vice president of government affairs, adding the approval of such a deal “merely protects only AT&T and leads the rest of us back down the dirt road to Ma Bell.”

The deal, first announced in March, must be approved by the FCC and Justice Department.


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