The senator of the best state in the country – Wisconsin – has called out against AT&T and T-Mobile’s (say that 5 times fast) proposed merger. Herb Kohl, being the chairman of the US Senate Antitrust Subcommittee, made his case to the FCC in the form of a formal request to block it.
Given his position, his stance against the deal is likely seen as a victory for Sprint and all of the other smaller carriers who can ill afford to let these big time acquisitions happen.
As everyone has, Senator Kohl has cited stifled competition and economic implications for customers as reasons why the merger should not go through.
While we try to stay as objective as we can here at Phandroid, we can’t say we’d like to see good ol’ Magenta scrubbed off the face of this country. Needless to say, we’re glad Kohl has taken this stance and we’re hoping the rest of his committee is just as supportive and aggressive in blocking the deal. [CNBC]
[Update]: Responses from both T-Mobile and AT&T. It’s the same defensive stance they’ve always taken so we won’t make a big deal out of it.