While the tech industry as a whole started speaking out against Donald Trump's travel ban over the weekend, one segment has been noticeably silent: The big telecom firms.
There hasn't been a peep from AT&T, Verizon, Sprint or T-Mobile, and there could be a clear reason why. Each of those firms really wants big things from the Trump administration and doesn't want to risk angering the new president.
Sprint and T-Mobile are seen as highly likely to seek approval for some sort of merger, while AT&T is in the midst of trying to buy Time Warner. Verizon, which has already made several deals, is seen as a potential buyer of a cable company or other major player that would require regulatory approval.
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All four would also like to see the Federal Communications Commission pull back on overall regulation, including the most aggressive parts of net neutrality. However, with a Republican majority and Ajit Pai as chairman, that seems already to be a done deal.