RETHINK POSSIBLE

Sprint Hires Army of Lobbyists

Sprint really doesn’t want AT&T’s purchase of T-Mobile to happen, so much that the company has signed contracts with three different high-profile lobbying firms in an effort to stop AT&T’s $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile—which would make AT&T the nation’s largest wireless provider. A Sprint spokesman said it is “confident” it will be able to halt the merger as the company considers joining forces with other opponents of the deal, including public interest groups and other wireless companies. But AT&T won’t go down without a fight: It has hired two new lobbying firms. In 2010 alone, AT&T spent some $15 million on lobbying while Sprint paid $1.7 million.