Dems Get Strident About T-Mo-Sprint Merger Hearing

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Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) is joining the chorus of lawmakers, calling for a congressional hearing on the proposed T-Mobile-Sprint merger.

Markey calls it a hearing on the state of competition in the wireless telecommunications industry. “Separately, T-Mobile and Sprint have exerted competitive pressure on their larger rivals in the wireless telecommunications industry, helping drive down prices, eliminating harmful contract requirements, and making more expansive and consumer friendly data plans the norm,” he writes in a letter to Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune (R-SD) and Ranking Member Bill Nelson (D-FL).  

“Should the deal be completed, the nation’s four largest wireless carriers will become three, which could leave consumers with fewer choices and the marketplace with less competition,” adds the Massachusetts Senator.

His voice joins those of his House counterparts Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Mike Doyle (D-PA), the ranking members on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and its communications subcommittee. “As the Committee with primary jurisdiction over the wireless industry, we have a responsibility to understand the potential effect of this merger on consumers, workers, and the communications market,” they wrote to committee Chair Greg Walden (R-OR) and subcommittee Chair Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) earlier in the week.

May 3, 2018

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