Evidence continues pile up that U.S. regulators are anything but keen  on a merger between Sprint and T-Mobile.
In remarks made Thursday to the New York Bar Association, Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department's Antitrust Division, Bill Baer said that since the blocking of the deal between AT&T and T-Mobile "competition in the wireless sector has flourished and consumers have benefitted."
Baer went on to note that shortly after the merger was abandoned, T-Mobile announced a $4 billion investment in modernizing its network and deploying 4G LTE service. Granted, that $4 billion was roughly equal to the break-up fee AT&T paid T-Mobile for the failed merger.
Also referenced in the remarks were T-Mobile's series of recent "Un-Carrier" initiatives, which range from doing away with international roaming fees to the carrier's offers to pay off customer Early Termination Fees if customers switch to T-Mobile.
"These moves are paying off," Baer said, according to prepared remarks  published online. "T-Mobile announced gaining 648,000 wireless subscribers in the third quarter of 2013—its second straight quarter of subscriber growth—besting both AT&T and Sprint."
The remarks come as the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday report that DOJ officials told Sprint CEO Dan Hesse and SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son that any potential Sprint/T-Mobile merger would be met with “skepticism.” 
Rumors have been swirling for weeks now that Sprint and Softbank have been lining up the financing for a bid to acquire T-Mobile. The outspoken T-Mobile CEO John Legere has maintained that a tie-up with Sprint would help his company compete  against larger carriers like AT&T and Verizon.
In remarks made Thursday to the New York Bar Association, Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department's Antitrust Division, Bill Baer, said that since the blocking of the proposed merger between AT&T and T-Mobile "competition in the wireless sector has flourished and consumers have benefitted."