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FCC approves AT&T’s purchase of Leap Wireless, says it’s ‘in the public interest’


The Federal Communications Commission has approved ATTs acquisition of Leap Wireless, the company that operates the popular Cricket brand of prepaid wireless service. Acknowledging that an unchecked deal couldve harmed the public interest, the FCC says concessions and commitments made by ATT have effectively counterbalanced any major concerns. Many of them focus on south Texas and southwestern markets where Cricket holds a strong footprint. Weve gone over what the deal means for consumers previously, but in short, ATT just picked up 5 million new customers and is expected to use Leaps assets to bolster its network capacity in larger markets.

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