Here's something not too surprising: T-Mobile is touting the benefits of its merger with AT&T to the Federal Communications Commission.
Earlier this month, several tech giants, including Facebook and Microsoft, and venture capital companies banded together and submitted statements to the FCC in support of the AT&T and T-Mobile merger, which would create the largest carrier in the country.
Now the mobile providers have taken initiative and filed letters with the FCC in support of their own cause and against all the naysayers who want the merger to be rejected. Sprint would be the most obvious in this category as it filed an opposition petition last week.
Tom Sugrue, senior vice president of T-Mobile's Government Affairs sector, addressed today's filing in a statement:
As our filing with the FCC today explains, the winners of the proposed merger with AT&T will be consumers, as the extra capacity will enable us to alleviate escalating capacity constraints, increase output, support the next generation of bandwidth-intensive mobile applications, and offer them faster data speeds, extended coverage and fewer dropped calls...We are pleased that the regulatory process is moving forward, and we remain confident that the FCC will weigh all the facts and approve this deal.
Great, so T-Mobile is pleased (at least publicly) about the merger with AT&T. Honestly, what else could T-Mobile reps say? Of course they're going to try to push the positives to the FCC, and it's hard to see at this point that the FCC would side with Sprint and say no.
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