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Some consumers groups think there's been enough consolidation in the wireless industry, at least in regard to AT&T's proposed purchase of Leap Wireless, the parent company of prepaid operator Cricket Communications.
Public Knowledge, alongside Consumer Action and the Writer's Guild of America, West, has filed a petition with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to deny AT&T's proposed $1.2 billion play for Leap.
"Leap offers low-cost and prepaid options to millions of wireless subscribers, and we're concerned that these customers could be left behind by this transition," said John Bergmayer, senior staff attorney at Public Knowledge. "Over the past several years, the largest wireless operators have been on a spectrum spending spree. This has led to an unbalanced market place and enough is enough. The FCC should not allow AT&T to acquire more spectrum until it comprehensively updates its spectrum policies."
Leap's network covers 35 states. The carrier has a 3G CDMA network as well as a 4G LTE network. The company has 3,400 employees.
Under AT&T ownership, the Cricket name will continue to exist. AT&T says Cricket customers will have access to its 4G LTE mobile network, better device choices, improved customer care and a significantly enhanced mobile Internet experience.