T-Mobile CEO John Legere poses with Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure before a Senate subcommittee hearing last June. (Twitter Photo)
T-Mobile is firing back at a coalition of states that sued to block the telecom company’s proposed merger with Sprint.
The Bellevue, Wash.-based carrier accused attorneys general from 13 states and the District of Columbia of “dwelling in the past” and stifling innovation in a court filing this week.
It’s a response to a lawsuit the states filed in June that claims the merger would hurt consumers by removing a wireless carrier from the market and ultimately raising prices. Federal regulators have raised similar issues as they’ve investigated the $26.5 billion merger that would bring together the nation’s third and fourth-largest carriers.
T-Mobile responded to the accusation Tuesday, arguing that the attorneys general do not have a firm grasp on how the merger would impact the wireless space. The company has long claimed that merging with Sprint will give it the resources necessary to take on the top two players, AT&T and Verizon.
“In short, each company provides what the other needs, creating a much more efficient, and therefore more competitive, firm,” the letter filed this week says. “Plaintiffs overlook the economic realities that there …read more