CWA Reacts to “Premature” FCC Draft Merger Order on T-Mobile/Sprint Merger

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Washington, D.C. - In response to the news of FCC Chairman Pai’s draft merger order recommending approval of the T-Mobile/Sprint merger, the following is a statement from Debbie Goldman, Research and Telecommunications Policy Director for the Communications Workers of America (CWA):

“The draft merger order is premature. The Department of Justice consent decree contains significant new provisions that should be put out for public comment by the FCC.

Nothing in the consent decree addresses the significant harm the T-Mobile/Sprint merger would impose on workers in the wireless industry due to job loss and lower wages. As we noted earlier, through the announced divestiture deal with DISH, T-Mobile is creating its largest customer, not a new competitor in the marketplace. The Commission should be very concerned about DISH based on the company's history of hoarding spectrum and gaming FCC rules.

Thankfully, the pending state lawsuit remains in a strong position: it’s backed by a bipartisan group of now 16 attorneys general from some of the largest states in the country and, more critically, has the more compelling facts and arguments on its side.”

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