Perhaps with an eye toward the government's probe into its proposed $39 billion T-Mobile USA deal, AT&T on Monday touted the acquisition's benefits for the country. "This infrastructure will be a competitive advantage for the U.S. for many years to come," said CEO Randall Stephenson, who pointed to the combined entity's ability to offer Long-Term Evolution service to 46.5 million more people than if the carriers were separate. Analysts and antitrust experts expect the government to require AT&T to divest billions of dollars in assets to gain regulatory approval.

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