FCC approves AT&T’s $1.2 billion acquisition of Leap Wireless


The Federal Communications Commission signed off on AT&T’s $1.2 billion buyout of Leap Wireless  on Thursday after the telecom giant agreed to divest spectrum and make network upgrades. The green light from the FCC removes a regulatory hurdle for the proposed transaction, which was unveiled in July and carried a hefty 88% premium.

Federal regulators approved AT&T’s $1.2 billion deal to acquire mobile carrier Leap Wireless Thursday afternoon. The companies announced the deal last summer. AT&T paid $15 per share for the carrier, which had been a leader in the prepaid market. Federal Communications Commission officials said they had concerns about the wireless giant buying the smaller carrier, but regulators said those concerns were alleviated somewhat by AT&T’s commitment to build an LTE service in some Leap markets and divest some spectrum.

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