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U.S. Justice Dept and FCC fight state effort to block merger of Sprint, T-Mobile

WASHINGTON, Dec 20 (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department and Federal Communications Commission filed in court on Friday to support a merger of T-Mobile and Sprint, the third and fourth largest wireless carriers.

A group of state attorneys general have asked a federal judge to stop the deal, saying it would lead to higher prices for customers.

Reporting by Diane Bartz and David Shepardson Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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