Sprint Nextel has asked West Virginia's state regulators to review AT&T Inc's proposed $39 billion purchase of T-Mobile USA and expects to file similar requests in other states.
Sprint, the No. 3 U.S. mobile provider, is opposing the deal which would vault AT&T to first place in the U.S. mobile service market. T-Mobile USA, a unit of Deutsche Telekom, is currently the fourth-biggest U.S. mobile service, trailing well behind Sprint.
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Sprint says the deal would hurt competition and innovation. It has also asked the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to review the deal in combination with another spectrum purchase AT&T plans to make from Qualcomm Inc.