T-Mobile's Legere, Sprint's Claure to talk merger in front of Congress on Wednesday

T-Mobile's Legere, Sprint's Claure to talk merger in front of Congress on Wednesday
T-Mobile president and CEO John Legere and Sprint executive chairman Marcelo Claure will be testifying about the proposed T-Mobile-Sprint merger this Wednesday. The pair will be under oath in front of a panel of U.S. Senators that deal with anti-trust issues and competition. Claure disseminated a tweet this morning that said he was looking forward to testifying about the benefits of a T-Mobile-Sprint merger, including true nationwide mobile 5G.

For the deal to close, it must obtain the blessings of both the FCC and the Department of Justice. Analysts have given the deal a 50-50 chance of gaining DOJ approval. Both Legere and Claure will try to sway Congress, the FCC and the DOJ by telling them that a T-Mobile purchase of Sprint is the only way to guarantee U.S. leadership in developing the next-generation of wireless connectivity. This game plan has been evident since the announcement of the long-rumored deal back on April 30th.

Considering that AT&T was just allowed to go through with its $85 billion purchase of Time Warner, the $26 billion T-Mobile-Sprint deal might have a better shot at success than the analysts think. In addition, earlier this month the head of the DOJ's antitrust division, Makan Delrahim, said that there is no reason why the U.S. needs to have four major wireless carriers.


You can watch John Legere and Marcelo Claure give their testimony in front of the Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy, and Consumer Rights through a live stream offered by the U.S. Senate. The stream will begin Wednesday, June 27th at 2:30pm EDT. It can be viewed by clicking on this link.

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5 Comments

1. SamsungNewbie

Posts: 143; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

As a Sprint subscriber I’m really hoping this goes through! I’d love to see the push for 5G, as long as this doesn’t kill market competition.

6. Brewski

Posts: 691; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

Of course you are. Being able to move from 4th place carrier to 3rd will maybe give you a chance to experience 5G service in 2020 instead of 2025 with Sprint alone.

2. Metropolis75

Posts: 196; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

If it's in front of Congress, what are the odds of one of them being asked him they feel about families being separated at the border?

3. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1557; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

I'm against the merger or idea we don't need 4 major carriers. If it wasn't for the fierce competition and drive to steal each others customers we wouldn't have unlimited data right now. My Verizon bill has actually gone down because they had to compete.

4. Mattprendo

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 26, 2018

I'm for the merger. We don't have 4 nationwide carriers to begin with. We have 2 nation wide and 2 that ping pong customers. Even if you combine them, they are still the smallest of the 3. T-Mobile wants to do nationwide broadband and Nationwide wireless cable. I only have 1 choice for cable, I gladly will welcome a second choice.

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