T-Mobile-Sprint merger supported by several pro-business organizations
Later this month, it will have been six months since John Legere and Marcelo Claure announced the plan to merge T-Mobile and Sprint. Combining the nation's third and fourth largest carriers is necessary, according to the executives, to keep U.S. leadership in next generation 5G connectivity. But the deal is currently in limbo as it awaits approval from both the FCC and the FTC.
Meanwhile, more business organizations are supporting the merger. In a filing made with the FCC, the National Taxpayers Union said that it's own analysis shows that taxpayers and consumers would benefit greatly from the merger. The deal would eliminate inefficiencies among both carriers and give the New T-Mobile the ability to cut prices and compete in the industry. Other organizations expressing their support of the merger by writing to the FCC include Lincoln Independent Business Association, the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce and the Olathe Chamber of Commerce.
You might recall that back in August, the Communication Workers of America (CWA) addressed the FCC, complaining that the T-Mobile merger with Sprint would cost the union more than 28,000 jobs. Companies in the industry like AT&T, Comcast and Charter Communications are beginning to send information to the FCC related to the merger, and requested by the agency. According to Fierce Wireless, this info includes data about "churn, network engineering, financials, MVNO agreements, spectrum plans and the transfer of licenses and authorizations."
In what could be bad news for T-Mobile and Sprint, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is expanding the scope of its review. According to Steve Blum, president at market analysis firm Tellus Venture Associations, the investigation conducted by the CPUC "won’t be limited to a few specific and largely technical issues as T-Mobile and Sprint had hoped."