Following the lead set by the Justice Department and Sprint, regional carrier Cellular South is the latest carrier to file litigation seeking to stop the AT&T/T-Mobile purchase and subsequent merger from being completed. Below, the carrier’s official statement announcing the litigation and the reasoning behind it from Vice President for Strategic & Government Relations Eric Graham:
â€œAT&Tâ€™s proposed takeover of T-Mobile would profoundly impact the interests of the wireless industry as a whole, if AT&T were to complete this deal, not only would it substantially lessen competition, but it would essentially consolidate the market into the hands of the â€˜Big Twoâ€™ â€“ AT&T and Verizon.Â Todayâ€™s filing is another step in Cellular Southâ€™s unwavering effort to pursue the best interests of competition, wireless consumers, and our nationâ€™s economy.â€
Cellular South also joins seven state Attorneys General in opposing and taking steps to block the purchase and merger and cites the following reasons in opposition:
- regional carriers, like Cellular South, will not be able to obtain the latest wireless devices in a timely fashion and at a reasonable cost;
- Cellular South and other regional carriers will be forced to pay higher roaming prices â€“ assuming that they are able to obtain roaming agreements at all; and
- consumers throughout the country will face higher prices, less innovation, fewer choices, and reduced competition.