According to a new Bloomberg report citing anonymous sources, Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) hasn't talked to Deutsche Telekom AG about buying T-Mobile US--and isn't interested, anyway.
The Bloomberg report is a response to an article earlier this week in Germany's Manager Magazin, which--also citing unnamed individuals close to Comcast--said the U.S. cable conglomerate was indeed talking to Deutsche Telekom, and the German telecom empire was indeed interested in the possibility of dealing with a company that could buy T-Mobile outright.
According to Bloomberg, Comcast is concerned that approaching such a purchase so soon after the regulatory collapse of its $45 billion Time Warner Cable deal could further agitate U.S. regulators.
Earlier, John Tinker, a media analyst with the Maxim Group, told the Philadelphia Inquirer that Comcast is in "the penalty box" with the FCC and U.S. Department of Justice, after pushing hard for the TWC deal while many of the promises made in its 2011 purchase of NBCUniversal remained unkept.
Bloomberg also said that Deutsche Telekom continues to talk to Dish Network (NASDAQ: DISH) about a possible T-Mobile US buy. But the talks, the news service said, have not advanced much from their earlier-reported preliminary stage.
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