The acquisition of T-Mobile would make AT&T the largest carrier in the U.S. The company (AT&T) says the merger is necessary to accommodate the heavy data demands of its subscribers, and will also create jobs and bring coverage to rural areas. However, while AT&T might claim to have more states supporting it, most of the highly populated US states such as California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania are against the deal. The large numbers of consumers in those states are likely to hold some sway with the DoJ.
T-Mobie also released a new statement assuring that the deal will pass and the new T-Mobile will be part of AT&T.
If regulators reject the deal, AT&T must pay $3 billion to T-Mobile owner Deutsche Telekom as part of its pre-nup agreement with the wireless network. The carrier must also give T-Mobile free spectrum in some regions and reduce charges for T-Mobile customers who make calls to AT&T subscribers