"Whether Americans reside in large states or in small, rural or urban centers, on the coast or in the heart, it is clear that this merger is bad for consumers, bad for workers and bad for innovation, and our growing momentum clearly continues to make that point, "James said in a statement.
Paxton said his office was carefully evaluating the proposed merger and settlement. In the end, however, he decided that the agreement entered into by the Department of Justice is not in the best interest of working Texans, who need affordable wireless services. The Department of Justice approved the deal on the condition that Sprint will sell its prepaid business to Dish. In addition, T-Mobile will have to give Dish "robust access" to its mobile network for seven years. However, Paxton and the other AGs are not convinced that the deal with Dish will result in a fourth competitor compensating for the merger. "[W] e does not expect the proposed newcomer to replace the competitive role for Sprint at any time," Paxton said.
Apart from New York, California, and Texas, the other states that seek to block what their attorney generals call a "competitive merger", Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, Virginia, Wisconsin and District of Columbia.