August 6, 2014 / 1:49 PM / 5 years ago

FCC chief lauds end of potential Sprint/T-Mobile merger

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler on Wednesday said maintaining four large U.S. wireless carriers was “good for American consumers” after news that two of them, Sprint Corp (S.N) and T-Mobile US TMUS.N, were abandoning plans for a merger.

Sprint “now has an opportunity to focus their efforts on robust competition,” Wheeler said in a brief statement.

U.S. regulators, including antitrust chief Bill Baer and Wheeler, have been unusually public about their skepticism of a merger of the two carriers.

Reporting by Ros Krasny and Alina Selyukh; Editing by Doina Chiacu

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