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: T-Mobile’s CEO heads to Capitol Hill to defend Sprint deal

US: T-Mobile’s CEO heads to Capitol Hill to defend Sprint deal

T-Mobile US CEO John Legere heads to Capitol Hill this week to defend his proposed takeover of Sprint, Bloomberg reported. Legere is set to appear Wednesday, February 13, before a House panel about the US$26.5 billion tie-up, which would unite the No. 3 and 4 US mobile carriers, sparking fears of higher prices as competition […]

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: Ex-FCC commissioner advises T-Mobile

US: Ex-FCC commissioner advises T-Mobile

Former Federal Communication Commission (FCC) Commissioner Mignon Clyburn is working to help T-Mobile and Sprint get their US$26 billion merger approved by regulators. Clyburn, a Democrat, confirmed she’s working as a paid consultant to the carriers to advise them on their impending merger. The news of her involvement was first reported by Politico on Monday, […]

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 […]

EU: Commission clears T-Mobile NL’s acquisition of Tele2 NL

EU: Commission clears T-Mobile NL’s acquisition of Tele2 NL

The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the proposed acquisition of Tele2 NL by T-Mobile NL. The Commission concluded that the merger would raise no competition concerns in the European Economic Area or any substantial part of it. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “Access to affordable and good […]

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