US: T-Mobile, Sprint executives face House panel

US: T-Mobile, Sprint executives face House panel

Executives from T-Mobile and Sprint faced tough questions from lawmakers on Wednesday, February 13, about how the companies’ planned merger would affect prices and jobs, especially in rural America. The deal to combine the No. 3 and No. 4 US wireless carriers, struck in April, was approved by both companies’ shareholders in October and has […]

US: Democratic senators urge administration to reject Sprint, T-Mobile deal

US: Democratic senators urge administration to reject Sprint, T-Mobile deal

A group of eight Democratic US senators and independent Senator Bernie Sanders urged the Justice Department (DOJ) and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Tuesday, February 12, to reject a proposed US$26 billion merger of T-Mobile and Sprint. The merger is “likely to raise prices for consumers, harm workers, stifle competition, exacerbate the digital divide, and […]

US: T-Mobile promises 3-year price freeze if merger is approved

US: T-Mobile promises 3-year price freeze if merger is approved

T-Mobile has committed to offering the same or better rate plans as those offered as of today’s date for three years following the merger, reported Reuters. If the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approves the telecom company’s US$26 billion merger with competitor Sprint, T-Mobile will put price increases on hold for three years, T-Mobile CEO John Legere […]

US: Opposition to T-Mobile/Sprint merger grows

US: Opposition to T-Mobile/Sprint merger grows

The 4Competition Coalition, an alliance against the proposed merger of T-Mobile and Sprint, has gained the support of two rural wireless carriers and the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA). The group, which is now comprised of 18 members, contends the merger would lead to higher prices, fewer choices and a reduced quality of service, […]

US: T-Mobile/Sprint merger review suspended

US: T-Mobile/Sprint merger review suspended

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has paused its review of the US$26 billion proposed merger between T-Mobile and Sprint for the second time in four months. The federal government funding lapse has caused issues in merger reviews. The 180-day review period for mergers and other transactions that require FCC approval, otherwise known as a shot […]

US: 4Competition coalition forms to oppose Sprint, T-Mobile merger

US: 4Competition coalition forms to oppose Sprint, T-Mobile merger

Opponents of the proposed merger of Sprint and T-Mobile US have formed a coalition called 4Competition in an attempt to strengthen their efforts to convince regulators to block the merger. The coalition includes a wide range of actors, from operators such as C Spire and Dish Network to unions CWA and AFL-CIO and non-profits like […]

US: 14 orgs tell Congress why T-Mobile and Sprint merger should be blocked

US: 14 orgs tell Congress why T-Mobile and Sprint merger should be blocked

T-Mobile and Sprint’s proposed merger has seen pushback from various groups. One in particular, the Communications Workers of America (CWA), is concerned the deal could 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 the deal […]

US: T-Mobile hires executive to help with Sprint merger

US: T-Mobile hires executive to help with Sprint merger

Sunit Patel is leaving his position as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial  Officer at CenturyLink to become the new Executive Vice President, Merger and Integration Lead at T-Mobile. In his new role at T-Mobile, Patel will lead T-Mobile’s strategic planning efforts to integrate its business with Sprint as the two companies work through the […]

US: Union comes our against Sprint/T-Mobile merger

US: Union comes our against Sprint/T-Mobile merger

The Communications Workers of America (CWA), a union that represents 700,000 workers, is the latest group to disparage the potential telecoms merger between Sprint and T-Mobile, argued in a letter that over 28,000 jobs would be lost should the deal go through as it stands. The group came to that figure by performing analyses based […]

US: T-Mobile pushing smaller carriers to support Sprint merger

US: T-Mobile pushing smaller carriers to support Sprint merger

T-Mobile is discreetly pushing smaller wireless carriers in the United States to support its proposed merger with Sprint, Reuters reports, citing industry insiders. The Bellevue, Washington-based telecoms giant has been sending emails with suggestions of how its virtual network partners could voice their public support for the deal, including regulatory filings and op-eds. Not all […]