AT&T-Sprint Deal Could Improve Wireless Service

A deal between telco giants AT&T and Sprint could mean better coverage for customers.

The carriers have just filed papers with the FCC to get approval for a spectrum-license swap. Anyone who wants to fight the request needs to petition the government by Dec. 17. Assuming there are no serious roadblocks, approval could come by the end of the year or shortly thereafter.

AT&T says the move would give its customers better coverage in several major cities, including San Francisco, New Orleans and Dallas-Ft. Worth. Sprint would get a similar boost in New Orleans; Cleveland; Charlotte, N.C.; and Tampa, Fla., as well as a few other cities, the carriers said. There arent a lot of specifics on what will be enhanced in those cities, but both say the deal would allow them to expand their wireless services.

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