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For AT&T-T-Mobile merger, fairness to Sprint is in the details
By Andrew Nusca | June 2, 2011, 5:03am PDT

For AT&T-T-Mobile merger, fairness to Sprint is in the details | ZDNet

On Tuesday, Sprint — the third-largest wireless carrier in the nation — filed a motion to block the pending merger between T-Mobile and AT&T, Nos. 4 and
2, respectively.

Among other things, the company fears that the merger would allow Verizon (No. 1) and AT&T a duopoly of sorts, giving them more power to set prices (which is indeed illegal) and “rule the air[waves],” as Verizon’s ads aptly put it, occupying 76 percent of the wireless market.

Moreover, Sprint says the two will increase rates — including on backhaul services, which allow carriers to hand off traffic to each other’s networks — and, through exclusivity agreements with handmakers, restrict its access to them and their flagship devices.