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.