The United States Justice Department has filed to block AT&T's proposed buyout of T-Mobile today, saying that the merger would "remove a significant competitive force from the market."

The potential deal, a $39 billion dollar affair which would have made AT&T the US's largest wireless carrier, was first announced in March, and would have greatly expanded AT&T's network and subscriber base. Opponents of the deal concluded, as did the DoJ, that the deal would leave too few competitors in the market, and would leave Sprint (a distant third to AT&T and Verizon) much less able to compete with the larger companies.

Source: Bloomberg

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  • dagamer34 - Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - link

    The only way to fix the US wireless market is to require interoperability of phones sold in the US like what happens in the rest of the world. If your service is crappy, switch networks while still keeping your same phone. It would take a couple of years and lots of whining but it could definitely be done.
  • Marlin1975 - Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - link

    Read this to see how much BS ATT is spewing...
  • yelped - Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - link

    Those executives are smoking something... or they plan on making sure that the politicians are, with the money they're handing them.
  • rqle - Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - link

    I hope it does get block, will benefit me personally. Was on at&t network and was only able to get 800kb speed on their network here, while I'm getting 6mb/s on T-Mobile and they don"t charge me extra for tethering and overages currently.

    this is just me personally for my area. Expanded coverage doesn't interest me atm, I'm not too mobile.
  • dfgddfdf - Thursday, September 1, 2011 - link

    Come go and see, will not regret it Oh look


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