Well, yes, of course that’s what he’s going to say.
Why should Mead let anyone — the FCC, the DOJ, Sprint management or shareholders — think for a second that Verizon is about to make a bid for Sprint? It’s a lose-lose situation to show your cards like that.
But that doesn’t change the fact that buying Sprint — and getting more scale, and more customers, and more purchasing power — would probably be a good move for Verizon, someday, eventually. (If Comcast doesn’t beat them to the punch.)
First Verizon needs to sit back and quietly see how the Feds react to the AT&T/T-Mobile deal. Because Verizon/Sprint would be even bigger. And the last thing the Feds need right now is to fear a wireless duopoly. Then, in a year or so, Verizon can figure out if it’s worth making a move.
But the dumbest thing it could do right now is talk about it like it’s a good idea. So of course Verizon is going to say it’s not interested. That doesn’t mean anything, though.
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