The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which technology editor/analyst Andrew Tonner discusses topics across the investing world.

The telecom industry has witnessed the two largest firms position themselves to dominate the landscape for years to come, placing smaller, less cash-rich competitors like Sprint at a dangerous disadvantage. In an effort to remedy this, Sprint recently proposed a merger to try to scrape its way up the telecom food chain. And while scale certainly helps in this industry, the proposal was met by mixed reviews. Ultimately, Sprint's board nixed the move altogether, leaving the company back at square one. In this video, Andrew discusses what the future could hold for Sprint and how investors should assess this ailing telecom.

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