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T-Mobile, Sprint CEOs optimistic regulators will okay deal

Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure and T-Mobile chief executive John Legere sit on high stools
Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure and T-Mobile CEO John Legere announce the deal Sunday. Screenshot: Axios

Sprint and T-Mobile’s chief executives believe regulators will sign off on their proposed deal, they told Axios Sunday, but they're not basing their optimism on specific discussions with federal and state officials.

Why it matters: In the past, regulators have frowned on telecom mergers that would reduce the number of national players.