Sprint pays former Obama aide to lobby on behalf of its merger with T-Mobile

Sprint pays former Obama aide to lobby on behalf of its merger with T-Mobile
A disclosure form submitted to the House and Senate by Sprint (via The Hill) reveals that former Obama aide Broderick Johnson has been lobbying on behalf of the wireless provider. Johnson has been working for Sprint since February 4th, trying to convince Democrats in Congress to back its $26.5 billion merger with T-Mobile. Many Democrats in the House and Senate have opposed the deal due to fears that it lessens competition in the wireless market. After all, if the deal is completed, the number of major stateside carriers will drop by 25% from four to three. Still, the deal does have some support from a few House Democrats, and the lobbying has helped others change their position on the merger.

T-Mobile says that the deal with Sprint needs to close in order for all Americans to have an opportunity to connect to a 5G network. Earlier today, we told you about some comments posted by T-Mobile's Chief Technology Officer Neville Ray. The executive said that T-Mobile's mmWave spectrum, combined with the carrier's low-frequency airwaves and Sprint's mid-range spectrum, would be the only way for the country to use the faster 5G data speeds to produce innovative services and businesses.

Besides Johnson, who was an assistant to President Obama and his liaison with Cabinet members from 2014 to 2017, former FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn is advising T-Mobile and Sprint on the proposed transaction. Despite this firepower, a report published by the Wall Street Journal last week cites those familiar with the matter as saying that the Justice Department has told both carriers that the deal, as presently structured, is unlikely to be approved.

While Sprint has turned to an Obama aide to help get the merger through regulatory agencies, T-Mobile decided to spend $195,000 at the Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C. Many criticized T-Mobile and its CEO John Legere for the rather blatant attempt to curry favor with the president.

Besides needing approval from the DOJ, the merger also needs a thumbs up from the FCC.

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8 Comments

1. Jphones

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I say let the deal go through. If anything the more powerful TMobile. Can make AT&t and Verizon make competitive pricing plans that actually give them a challenge.

4. Sparkxster

Posts: 1240; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

The faster it goes through the better.

2. Tziggy14

Posts: 624; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

I don't like this. More competition equals lower prices.

3. civicsr2cool

Posts: 273; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

Exactly. Sprint as already the lowest tier with the lowest prices. Teaming them up with T-Mobile just makes T-Mobile stronger and removes the low Sprint prices from the market completely!

5. BuffaloSouce unregistered

Sprints prices are low because they have a s**t network or else they'd charge just as much. They can't compete anymore. T-Mobile is the one leading the charge while Sprint is just sitting with their thumbs up their asses

7. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Have you ever use Sprint or you just read couple propaganda and feedback from few? Have you try to search scrap connect from Verizon or Att? You will believe what you want to believe.

8. civicsr2cool

Posts: 273; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

Yes, I currently have 4 free one year of unlimited service with them lol. My entire family and everyone else in the ghetto that I know or have ever met uses Boost, it'll be a s**t show if they ever get bought out by T-Mobile.

6. DarthJarJar

Posts: 63; Member since: Feb 01, 2018

Sprint is also creating fake subscribers by adding new lines for free of charge service. I’d like to see their turnover rate on these fake lines. They have a lot less people on their network than they claim they do. Not to mention the income they’re not receiving from these free and fake lines. This type of s**tty and inexperienced management should not be merged with a successful competitor.

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