States subpoena Sprint over AT&T-T-Mobile merger
As it continues to fight against the proposed merger between AT&T and T-Mobile, attorneys general in nine states have subpoenaed the carrier in conjunction with antitrust reviews.
In a filing with the Federal Communications Commission late last month, Sprint said it had received subpoenas and civil investigation demands from nine states as they conduct antitrust reviews of AT&T'swith T-Mobile.
According to the June 28 letter (PDF), Sprint said attorneys general in Arizona, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington have asked it to deliver "full, unredacted copies of all materials" that it has submitted to the FCC including its , reply comments, "and all accompanying declarations." The carrier also said it was subpoenaed by the antitrust division of the United States Department of Justice and an AT&T told Bloomberg that it had received information requests form the same group of states.
Sprint, the nation's third-largest carrier,as of the bid just a week after after AT&T announced its intentions on March 20. On May 31, Sprint formally the merger and it later AT&T's that the acquisition is its only way to solve an impending spectrum shortage.
Though AT&T has only to seek approval for the merger from the FCC and the Department of Justice, state governments can hold up the transaction if they bring antitrust lawsuits. At the time of this writing,have sent letters to the FCC supporting the marriage while officials in three states, including , said they will be taking a closer look.