A highly redacted letter to the FCC from Dish Network states that the latter is worried about prices going up after the merger. Instead of the economic benefits touted by T-Mobile and Sprint, Dish tells the FCC that “American consumers cannot afford the increases that this merger will likely produce on top of these already high prices.”
An unlikely supporter of the merger is AT&T. A report sent to clients by New Street Research says that Randall Stephenson, CEO of AT&T, would like to see the T-Mobile-Sprint merger approved without any conditions. That sounds a little strange since a merged T-Mobile-Sprint would be going after AT&T as soon as the deal closes. But as it turns out, Stephenson does have one little request. He doesn’t want the FCC to order the combined company to divest any of its assets, including pre-paid operations, to AT&T’s competitors.