Less than a week after the U.S. government moved to halt AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile, competing carrier Sprint has now too filed a lawsuit to stop the merger based on antitrust reasons. Sprint’s lawsuit focuses on the competitive and consumer harms which would result from a takeover of T-Mobile by AT&T, including higher prices, less innovation, and less competition. AT&T has claimed that the merger between the two carriers would reduce prices and increase their 4G LTE coverage across the United States by utilizing T-Mobile’s network technology.
“Sprint opposes AT&T’s proposed takeover of T-Mobile,” said Susan Z. Haller, vice president-Litigation, Sprint. “With today’s legal action, we are continuing that advocacy on behalf of consumers and competition, and expect to contribute our expertise and resources in proving that the proposed transaction is illegal.”