Seven states join forces with U.S. Justice Department to stop AT&T, T-Mobile merger

Should AT&T be able to buy T-Mobile?

Seven states are banding together to prevent the merge between wireless carriers AT&T and T-Mobile. California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Washington along with the U.S. Justice Department all believe this deal would do more harm than good. The government already expressed its concern in a recent lawsuit that took AT&T by surprise.

In a statement, the U.S. Justice Department explained its reasoning:

“We have had an excellent working relationship with a number of state attorneys general and they have provided invaluable assistance throughout our investigation. We are pleased that these states have joined the department in its lawsuit.”

While this wouldn’t be a total monopoly since there are other options available for wireless service, the Justice Department is certain this would raise wireless prices.

You know who else isn’t too happy about the situation? Sprint. Shortly after the $39 billion deal was announced, the carrier said it would ‘stifle’ innovation. Then in September after months of silence, Sprint jumped back in with a lawsuit, claiming the merger would kill jobs. Technically this is true, since it’s highly unlikely AT&T will be taking in all of T-Mobile’s employees. I’m sure Sprint is really just afraid, but they have every right to be. On the flip side, Verizon has been oddly quiet.

[via Reuters]

  • Stfuthxbye

    Verizons silence in all this is probably just part of their deal with ATT to get the iPhone a year early.

  • The Dark Lord

    Proves again that our corrupt politicians shouldn’t be able to take money from companies to win elections. They actually admit it here that they favor companies because of the money they got. It is like holding up a flag saying, yes, I am corrupt and a liar too. So yes, vote for me.

    This is such a ridiculous system. I am curious to see when all of this sh%&^&^ comes to a sudden halt.

  • The Dark Lord

    Proves again that our corrupt politicians shouldn’t be able to take money from companies to win elections. They actually admit it here that they favor companies because of the money they got. It is like holding up a flag saying, yes, I am corrupt and a liar too. So yes, vote for me.

    This is such a ridiculous system. I am curious to see when all of this sh%&^&^ comes to a sudden halt.

  • The Dark Lord

    Proves again that our corrupt politicians shouldn’t be able to take money from companies to win elections. They actually admit it here that they favor companies because of the money they got. It is like holding up a flag saying, yes, I am corrupt and a liar too. So yes, vote for me.

    This is such a ridiculous system. I am curious to see when all of this sh%&^&^ comes to a sudden halt.

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