This Friday, AT&T filed a statement to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) saying that competition will continue to be vibrant even after its merger with T-Mobile USA. Included in the statement was their response to Sprint opposing their $39 billion deal and the answers to the questions AT&T was requested to answer for the FCC last month.
In the statement, AT&T focused on a few key aspects of the acquisition. They first argued that the merger would stimulate economic and employment growth. Second, AT&T stated that it would invest $8 billion to expand its LTE development and capabilities on both AT&T and T-Mobile USA networks. Third, they believe it will promote innovation and competition in the market.
An article on AppleInsider brought an interesting twist to the discussion:
AT&T also turned the tables on Sprint, noting that Clearwire, which Sprint owns a majority stake in, has a "far stronger" combined spectrum position than AT&T and T-Mobile. With an average of 160-megahertz of spectrum in the top markets, Clearwire has the "best spectrum position in the industry," the filing claims. "This is more than the combined AT&T/T-Mobile company would have if their merger is approved, and does not even include the additional spectrum Sprint holds directly."