T-Mobile and Sprint's proposed merger has seen pushback from different groups. One particular, Communications Workers of America (CWA), is concerned that the agreement can mean up to 30,000 lost jobs. Now, 14 organizations, including Consumer Reports, CWA and the American Antitrust Institute, have shared with the House of Representatives why they believe that the agreement should not be allowed and also require consultation on the merger proposal.
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Today, the leaders of the 14 organizations sent a letter to the Congresses Nadler and Pallone, who are members of the High Committee and the Committee on Energy and Trade. The letter shares arguments for why the T-Mobile and Sprint merger should be blocked, and also ask for consultations about the potential consequences of such an agreement.
- American Antitrust Institute
- Center for Media Justice
- Common Explanation
- United States Communication Workers
- Fight For The Future
- Free Press Release
- Greenlining Institute
- Greenlining Institute
- ] National Consumer Rights Center, on behalf of its Low-Income Customers
- ] New America's Open Technology Institute
- Open Markets Institute
- Public Knowledge
- Rural Wireless Association Writers
- Guild of America West
Concerns range from job losses, it's a competition competition and anti-consumer agreement, to even stimulate Verizon, AT & T and the new T-Mobile to "gather".
Here are some statements from the leaders of these organizations:
George Slover, Senior Policy Counsel at Consumer Rep ort: "Wireless is one of the few telecommunications markets where we see real competition that gives consumers benefits. preserve this dynamic that comes from having both T-Mobile and Sprint on the market, compete heavily and independently against each other and against AT & T and Verizon. The assumed benefits the promising companies are speculative does not require a merger to achieve them, and Hearing in the house will help shed light on the issues by allowing these two telecommunications giants to combine forces. "
Diana Moss, President of the American Antitrust Institute (AAI): "A Sprint T Mobile Agreement would complete the build-up of the US American wireless market, creating Big 3 with strong incentives to gather rather than compete. Consumers and workers have the right to competition. DOJ should block this agreement. "
Debbie Goldman, Research and Telecommunications Policy Director at Communications Workers of America (CWA) :" The proposed T-Mobile / Sprint merger will eliminate 30,000 jobs across the country while reducing competitors and Prices increase for consumers, especially for cost-conscious paid wireless customers. Meanwhile, there are significant national security issues and will fail to bring broadband to rural communities. The House's Energy and Trade and Judicial Authorities Committee can play important roles in exploring the potential competition competition effects of the merger and shed light on its potential impact on US workers and consumers. "
Meanwhile, the FCC asked comments on the latest T-Mobile and Sprint merger proposals earlier this month. The normal 180-day clock was stopped in September and will continue when the open comment period ends next month.
After T-Mobile and Sprint moved their arguments for why the merger would be beneficial and this last barring of Concerns from 14 organizations, the odds that it happens appear to be declining.
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