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 […]

US: T-Mobile hires firm to lobby New York

US: T-Mobile hires firm to lobby New York

T-Mobile’s newest lobbying firm will set its focus on New York’s congressional delegation when advocating for the company’s telecoms interests, a new filing shows, Politico’s Steven Overly reported. The exact issues Davidoff Hutcher & Citron will lobby on were not disclosed in the filing. Representatives from T-Mobile and Davidoff Hutcher & Citron did not immediately […]

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 […]

EU: EC has issues with T-Mobile, Tele2 merger

EU: EC has issues with T-Mobile, Tele2 merger

Deutsche Telekom’s efforts to merge its Dutch business with local mobile rival Tele2 ran into problems Thursday, September 13, after the European Commission (EC) complained that a tie-up would lead to a reduction in competition and potentially mean higher prices for Dutch consumers, reported Telecom Paper. The Commission’s preliminary investigation, already extended in June, found […]

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 […]