AT&T, T-Mobile Deal May Spur Regs

Getting the U.S. government to sign off on the acquisition may lead to more rules for telecoms.

AT&T Inc.’s pursuit of U.S. government approval for its proposed $39 billion purchase of T- Mobile USA Inc. may lead to more regulation for the telecommunications industry.

If the Federal Communications Commission and the Justice Department sign off on the transaction, they could require AT&T and Verizon Wireless to keep prices from rising, said Carl Howe, an analyst at Yankee Group, a Boston-based research firm.

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