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Faster Wireless vs. the Swamp

 |  July 31, 2019

By Holman W. Jenkins, Jr.

What should you think of last week’s Justice Department settlement to approve the Sprint and T-Mobile merger? Some are calling it Charlie Ergen’s crowning deal, because the government would help the Dish CEO turn his unused spectrum hoard into a new national wireless network.

Wrong. Mr. Ergen’s real crowning deal is probably yet to come—it’s the one that will enable him to evade or finesse the thankless obligation eventually to build a new national carrier. This requirement is the one sore point in a package of benefits that…