Common Cause

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David Vance, Common Cause, (202) 736-5712 dvance@commoncause.org

A Sprint-T-Mobile Merger Would Harm Consumers and Reduce Competition

Statement of Michael Copps, former FCC Commissioner & Common Cause Special Advisor

WASHINGTON - A proposed merger between Sprint and T-Mobile would pose significant public interest harms for consumers. The merger would cut the number of national wireless carriers from four to three, which would reduce competition in the wireless marketplace.  Consumers would see no benefit to a marketplace where Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile call all of the shots. Instead, consumers can expect to pay higher prices and see fewer competitive options in the marketplace. Low-income consumers and other vulnerable communities seeking more affordable mobile communications services would be particularly hurt from the merger.

Given the significant harms to the public interest and to a competitive marketplace, the Sprint-T-Mobile merger should be dead on arrival at the FCC and DOJ.

To view this statement online, click here.

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