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CWA Calls for Congressional Hearings on Proposed T-Mobile/Sprint Merger

CWA, along with a diverse group of 14 worker, consumer, and rural advocacy organizations, sent a letter this week calling on Reps. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) and Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) to hold hearings in early 2019 on the proposed merger between T-Mobile and Sprint. CWA asked the Congressmen, who are expected to chair key committees in the next Congress, to examine the deal for stronger antitrust enforcement, protecting consumers, promoting competition, and standing up for American workers.

As the public learns more about the likely effects of the merger, opposition continues to grow. After CWA and others began raising questions about the companies' claims about the public benefits of the merger, T-Mobile and Sprint filed new arguments with the Federal Communications Commission that focused on the need to compete with AT&T and Verizon rather than on building 5G networks and bringing high-speed broadband to rural America.

CWA analysis of the merger shows that it would result in the loss of approximately 30,000 jobs across the country – 25,500 job cuts from the elimination of duplicate retail stores and another 4,500 job cuts due to duplicate headquarters functions. 

CWA has launched a website with information about the effects of the merger, including detailed state-by-state information about job loss. You can also stay up to date by following @TMSprintFacts on Twitter.