Small rural carriers welcome a bigger T-Mobile

The Rural Telecommunications Group has joined supporters of the T-Mobile-MetroPCS merger

By , IDG News Service |  Networking, T Mobile

The DOJ said the merger was unlikely to hurt competition for a variety of reasons. For one thing, MetroPCS by itself hasn't been a national factor affecting pricing and other competitive factors because it doesn't operate on a national basis, the department said.

Like the rural carriers, the DOJ also saw a potential stronger rival to the biggest carriers. "Finally, the proposed combination of T-Mobile and MetroPCS may have a procompetitive impact in that it improves T-Mobile's scale and spectrum position," the Justice Department wrote.

The merger still needs approval by MetroPCS shareholders, who are scheduled to vote on April 12.

Stephen Lawson covers mobile, storage and networking technologies for The IDG News Service. Follow Stephen on Twitter at @sdlawsonmedia. Stephen's e-mail address is stephen_lawson@idg.com

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