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Carrier Catch-Up: A Look At The Latest Buzz From The Telecom Industry

From proposed mergers, to shady location-based data contracts ending, to the battle over the life of net neutrality regulations, the telecom market continued to heat up last month. Here's some of the recent attention-grabbing headlines that solution providers should know about.

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Sprint, T-Mobile Argue For Their Merger Plans

Following two failed merger attempts, wireless carriers Sprint and T-Mobile in April entered into a definitive agreement to combine in a deal which values Sprint at $26 billion and T-Mobile at $55 billion.

In June, the third and fourth largest carriers in the country, T-Mobile and Sprint, released a Public Interest Statement in support of their merger to the FCC, arguing that the proposed combined carrier is a necessity for the U.S. telecom market. The carriers said that together, their customer bases would make the new carrier more able to compete with Verizon and AT&T. The new carrier's 5G holdings would also drive new innovation in tech, according to the two companies. It is uncertain whether the FCC or the Department of Justice will attempt to block the deal.

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