Nine organizations have come together to petition the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to delay any permissions to approve the T-Mobile US and Sprint merger until a fraud investigation has been completed.
The petition is focused on a Sprint probe, relating to the alleged Lifeline fraud. The under-fire telecom has been accused of collecting subsidies from the FCC even though many of the subscribers through the initiative were inactive and not using the service.
“Specifically, the public interest, rural wireless, and labor organizations ask the Commission to pause its review of the merger while important issues related to Sprint’s apparent Lifeline fraud are more fully investigated by the Commission, and also urge the Commission to seek public comment on the DISH waiver requests, the July 26 Dish commitments to the Commission, and related developments, including the DOJ Consent Decree,” the petition states.
The petition has been filed by the Rural Wireless Association, the Communications Workers of America union, Consumer Reports, The Greenlining Institute, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, New America’s Open-technology Institute, The Rural Broadband Association, the Open Markets Institute, and Public Knowledge.
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