T-Mobile and Sprint: How Fewer Competitors Could Increase Competition

Posted by The New York Times

T-Mobile and Sprint: How Fewer Competitors Could Increase Competition

By Andrew Ross Sorkin

There has been no shortage of opinions about the proposed merger of T-Mobile and Sprint. Just about the only person who hasn’t said something is President Trump.

As deafening as the president’s uncharacteristic silence has been on a deal that would reshape the telecommunications and media landscape, everyone else seems to be saying the same thing: The deal should be blocked.

But those who cited the conventional wisdom this time may be wrong, including me.

When the deal was announced in April, the knee-jerk reaction — my own included — was to question whether the deal would reduce competition and should be rejected. That also seemed to be the first impulse of many others, with a bevy of opinion pieces questioning the deal.

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