Christmas came early for Sprint today when AT&T announced that it was abandoning its controversial $39 billion.
In a statement released moments ago, Vonya B. McCann, Sprint's senior vice president of Government Affairs, said AT&T made the "right decision for consumers, competition and innovation in the wireless industry."
"From the beginning, Sprint has stood with consumers who spoke loudly and clearly that AT&T's proposed takeover of T-Mobile would create an undeniable duopoly that would have resulted in higher prices, less innovation and fewer choices for the American consumer," McCann wrote. "We look forward to competing fiercely in the robust, competitive market that exists today."
After AT&T first announced its intentions last March, Sprintas one of the of the deal. When CEO Dan Hesse wasn't in public appearances, the carrier was working furiously behind the scenes to stop it.
Sprint's first formal move against the deal came in late May when McCann asked theand Congress to block the marriage on the grounds that it would harm competition and consumers, negatively impact America's economic growth, and stifle innovation. Then, on September 6, Sprint before a federal judge.
Though C Spire--formally--later , spokesman Dave Miller told CNET today that the carrier had no further comment at this time. A spokeswoman for Verizon Wireless, which had not publicly taken sides in the fight also declined to comment as did representatives for MetroPCS, U.S. Cellular, and Cricket Wireless.