This afternoon, Sprint has filed a press release calling on federal regulators to formally block the purchase of T-Mobile USA by AT&T as well as detailing the reasons why the proposed purchase would be bad for competition. The release also spells out how Sprint and the industry would be affected as found below with quotes from Sprint Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, Vonya McCann:
â€œSprint urges the United States government to block this anti-competitive acquisition. This transaction will harm consumers and harm competition at a time when this country can least afford it. As the first national carrier to roll out 4G services and handsets and the carrier that brought simple unlimited pricing to the marketplace, Sprint stands ready to compete in a truly dynamic marketplace. So on behalf of our customers, our industry and our country, Sprint will fight this attempt by AT&T to undo the progress of the past 25 years and create a new Ma Bell duopoly.â€
This follows similar comments made last week during the CTIA trade show, with Sprint detailing its reaction to news of the purchase in an open letter to the media.