AT&T Looks to Kill WiMax Venture

On Thursday, AT&T filed a petition with the Federal Communications Commission, asking it to deny approval of the Sprint and Clearwire’s WiMax deal.

CNET News reports that the nation’s largest wireless company argued in a filing that the proposed merger “openly state[s] that they (Sprint Nextel and Clearwire) intend to compete with other national wireless providers—including AT&T—yet they fail to make the required showings necessary for the commission’s review.”

AT&T is clearly nervous about Sprint’s plans, the report said, but the irony of the whole thing is unmistakable:

“It’s funny that AT&T is putting up any kind of stink to the merger, considering that the company exists in its current state only because of several massive mergers in the past few years,” the article said, “including the multibillion dollar merger between AT&T and BellSouth, which put full ownership of the wireless operator under one owner, and the purchase of wireless assets from rural operator Dobson Communications last year.”

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