Group called 4Competition Coalition is formed to block T-Mobile-Sprint merger

Group called 4Competition Coalition is formed to block T-Mobile-Sprint merger
A group comprised of 13 companies and organizations have banded together to form the 4Competition Coalition in an effort to stop the T-Mobile-Sprint merger. The group has put up a web page that screams "STOP THE MERGER" in huge print. The coalition is worried about a number of issues, starting with the higher prices it expects as the number of major U.S. carries is whittled down to three from four if the deal goes through. The group cites one "credible" analyst who says wireless prices will rise 15% if the merger is approved.

Another concern that the coalition has is that the merged T-Mobile-Sprint will block new MVNOs from starting lower cost competition to the New T-Mobile. And using a previously released analysis from the Communication Workers of America (CAW), the 4Competition Coalition says that the deal will result in the loss of approximately 30,000 jobs as the merged company gets rid of duplicate and unneeded personnel.

The coalition also doesn't believe that America needs the deal in order to remain a leader in 5G. To prove this, the organization says that before the merger, both firms promoted their own separate 5G networks. In addition, Verizon and AT&T will also offer 5G services. And while T-Mobile and Sprint say that the merger will help coverage in rural areas of the country, the coalition points out that both carries' actions in the past disprove that.


The 4Competition Coalition is made up of the following companies and organizations:

  • AFL-CIO
  • Common Cause
  • C-Spire
  • CWA-Union
  • DISH Network
  • Fight for the Future
  • New America's Open Technology Institute
  • NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association
  • Open Markets Institute
  • Public Knowledge
  • Rural Wireless Association
  • The Greenlining Institute
  • Writers Guild of America West
The web site includes petitions and letters relating to the merger, a list of lawmakers who have expressed concern about the deal, and states with officials who are reviewing the merger. Both T-Mobile and Sprint are awaiting approval from the FCC and the DOJ in order to close the transaction. T-Mobile says that it should wrap up the merger by the middle of next year.

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8 Comments

1. speedingcheetah

Posts: 75; Member since: Jul 22, 2017

Please. These folks are fooling them selves if their argument is that Sprint provides more competition. Sprint network is the worst there is. It should have died out years ago. Tmobile would be doing a great service by absorbing Sprint's towers and making their own network even better.

6. DarthJarJar

Posts: 34; Member since: Feb 01, 2018

You forget that the idiots who run Sprint will also work for Tmobile. They’re not just taking their customers and dial up network, they’re getting the incompetent employees as well.

2. Critical54

Posts: 30; Member since: May 04, 2016

All of those companies listed are irrelevant to the matter at hand.......Writers Guild?????? Wow.

3. talon95

Posts: 976; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Probably a group sponsored by Verizon to prevent competition. They need to merge to provide meaningful competition, as they are neither one can be a serious competitor.

4. Soundjudgment

Posts: 370; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

Siddown... Shuddap, Verizon patsies and shills. The Deal is going through!

5. kennybenny

Posts: 186; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

If anyone wants a clue how this will look like, go look up Canada's cell prices. We have Big Three companies who's prices are very similar yet any Canadian can see price fixing within a mile even though our regulators are blind to see any price fixing!

7. speedingcheetah

Posts: 75; Member since: Jul 22, 2017

That is already happening...has been for years. All of the big 4 USA cell companies plans are around $80 for "Unlimited" (that has limits) these days. No one seems to remember several years ago when unlimited was truly unlimited and cost half as much and one could also get a new phone for $100 every 2 years via contract. These greedy companies slowly changed the plans and policies so now you have pay nearly $100 a month just for 1 line plus full retail price of the phone spread over 2yrs. I saw it happen, once one company set a trend, the others followed suit. Sprint WAS the cheapest offering for $60 1080p video streaming, but they now have conformed to the rest, having at least 3 different levels of "Unlimited" the most expensive $80 plan the only option to use HD. I pay $1K for a flagship phone....and then pay up the ass each month for "Unlimited" plan that limits you to s**tty 480p video???? and now with 5G around the corner, super fast connection, they gonna charge users more yet still limit to 480p with their plans. So glad that MVNO's like Republic Wireless or Google Fi exist who have sane prices and use the same networks with no restrictions or limits.

8. smoked_2na

Posts: 84; Member since: Mar 15, 2017

Anti competitive is no longer being able to by a mobile phone that just makes calls for a reasonable price.

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