AT&T Inc.'s pursuit of U.S. government approval for itsproposed $39 billion purchase of T- Mobile USA Inc. may lead tomore regulation for the telecommunications industry.

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

Regulators also might create a new mobile service provider bycombining smaller competitors or requiring the combinedAT&T-T-Mobile to sell part of its customer base to a mobilevirtual network operator such as TracFone Wireless Inc. or Tru,according to a Yankee Group report.

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