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Sprint, others ask FCC to deny AT&T deal for T-Mobile

Grant Gross, IDG News Service | June 1, 2011
Sprint Nextel, joined by an army of thousands of consumers, have filed requests for the Federal Communications Commission to block AT&T’s proposed acquisition of rival mobile carrier T-Mobile USA.

Several groups have filed comments in support of the deal before the Tuesday deadline for petitions to deny the acquisition.

“The result of the proposed merger of T-Mobile and AT&T is expected to be near-universal access to broadband Internet service,” wrote J.R. Jones, president and CEO of the Mississippi Black Chamber of Commerce. “We expect the minority businesses we represent to be some of the primary beneficiaries of this expanded network commitment.”

AT&T has said the deal will allow it to expand mobile broadband service to 97 percent of the U.S. population.

The Maritime Trades Council of Greater Boston and New England AFL-CIO wrote in support of the merger because it would allow T-Mobile employees to join unions, as AT&T employees have been able to do for years.

“This merger will not just benefit T-Mobile’s workers, it will also help grow the broader economy,” the council wrote. “For our members, communication is critically necessary to safely and effectively execute our jobs, so we certainly appreciate the need to upgrade coverage and increase speed, which this transaction will accomplish.”


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