The proposed merger between AT&T and T-Mobile has created a lot of concern in the mobile community. Sprint, who currently is the third larges US operator, has to have most concern.
Sprint CEO, Dan Hesse, is announcing that Sprint is joining the Rural Carrier Assocition (RCA). The RCA represents about 100 small operators who have a wireless footprint that covers 80% of the US. They are headquartered in Washington, D.C. Their job is to fight for their members and to make sure the White House, Congress, and the FCC do not cater to Verizon and AT&T.
Vonya McCann, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for Sprint, said, “The competitive carriers who make up the RCA are engines of innovation in the wireless industry. At Sprint, we have many issues of mutual concern with RCA members and we look forward to advocating for policies that promote competition and a level playing field across the wireless industry.”
Hu Meena, President & CEO of Cellular South and the 2011/2012 Chairman of the RCA Board said, “We are pleased that Sprint has become an RCA member and that they will join our efforts to provide a vibrant wireless marketplace for consumers throughout the entire nation. I call on all other competitive carriers to join our fight to restore competition in the market and pull the industry back from the brink of a duopoly.”
I think it is a good move for Sprint to join the RCA, but I am not sure if it will really make much of a difference. Either way, Sprint is against this merger as they should be. In my opinion, whether they fight on their own or with the RCA, it won’t change the outcome. That outcome probably won’t be determined for close to a year so expect a long hard fight.