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, particularly among people living in rural areas.

“No matter how you slice it, this merger is a bad deal for rural Americans,” Claude Aiken, president and CEO of WISPA, said in a statement. “T-Mobile claims that Sprint’s vast holding of the 2.5 GHz spectrum will help them increase coverage, but in the past T-Mobile’s buildout focus has largely been on populated urban areas. There are no assurances that rural Americans will ever see benefits from this merger.”

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