4Competition Coalition comes out against T-Mobile-Sprint merger, members include Dish and C Spire

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A new group has formed to voice its opposition to the proposed T-Mobile-Sprint merger.

The 4Competition Coalition is a new entity made up of 13 different companies and groups, including DISH, C Spire, Communications Workers of America, and others. The coalition is urging regulators to block the T-Mobile-Sprint merger, citing concerns over competition, price increases, job losses, 5G, and a harm to rural consumers.

The full list of members in the 4Competition Coalition looks like this:

  • AFL-CIO
  • Common Cause
  • C-Spire
  • CWA-Union
  • DISH Network
  • Fight for the Future
  • New America’s Open Technology Institute
  • NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association
  • Open Markets Institute
  • Public Knowledge
  • Rural Wireless Association
  • The Greenlining Institute
  • Writers Guild of America-West

“Americans deserve more choices for wireless service, not fewer,” said Public Knowledge’s Phillip Berenbroick. “If this merger is approved, consumers would likely face a price increase of more than 15 percent in many cases for their wireless service – without seeing any of the benefits that these companies promise. The proposed merger is anti-competitive and presumptively unlawful. The bottom line is that when it comes to wireless, consumers need more choices and more competition. Moving from four nationwide carriers to three would be a disaster.”

The coalition has put up a website to share more about its concerns about the deal. For example, it says that T-Mobile and Sprint have been “maverick” companies that’ve helped to drive down prices. “If they combine, it would create a new incumbent with the ability and incentive to cooperate and collude with the other incumbents,” the coalition’s site reads. “Say goodbye to the ‘Uncarrier,’ and say hello to price hikes.”

This isn’t the first time that we’ve heard several of these groups voice their opposition to the T-Mobile-Sprint merger. Dish and C Spire have both submitted comments to the FCC against the deal, with Dish suggesting that the merger could lead to higher prices and pointing to other countries that experienced four-to-three reductions in the number of carriers while C Spire said that that reduction could make it more difficult for other providers to get wholesale agreements on reasonable terms.

The proposed merger of T-Mobile and Sprint is currently being reviewed by regulators. The two carriers have said that they expect their merger to close in the first half of 2019.

Source: 4Competition Coalition

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  • npaladin2000

    If Dish has such a problem with there not being enough cellular competition, maybe they should stop sitting on their aaaa…..llocated spectrum, build out an LTE network, and start competing.

    • slybacon

      They want to enter the wireless market, but are now scared the new T-Mobile will crush them.

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    How about a merged rival maverick company, on a merged much more equal stature in the face of what will be eventually become 3 competitors, however whether merged, or due to the currently projected outcome of eventually 3 regarding the market, as well as higher pricing regardless in the face of 5g deployment, is just a given To me its seems the far better scenario to have a more balanced 3, by choice than the possibility of the bigger 2 as it stands gaining from a potential filing scenario,being left to chance. Maverick by choice, not happenstance is the way to ensure, fair and more balance of power on the playing field in the face of inevitable rising costs and demand for speed and capacity in the future 5g era.

  • slybacon

    It is very confusing (not really) why small carriers like C-Spire and non-carriers like Dish would complain about higher prices. If your competitors raise their prices, that allows you to raise your prices and/or enter the market easier/cheaper/faster.
    I think C-Spire and Dish are complaining about the merger because T-Mobile really will crush the competition with their new network, prices will lower from synergies. Dish won’t be able to enter the wireless market if prices are low. C-Spire won’t attract new customers and won’t have a profit. Nobody will want C-Spire or Dish service. Very clear to me why they want to stop this.

  • DKBNYC

    The merger is a done deal.

  • Nearmsp

    With Trump getting weaker it is unlikely FCC and FTC are going to follow the Trump administration’s desire to reward Japanese and German companies to gouge more money from American consumers. The merger is dead.

  • Dish can suck it. They have all this spectrum and havent used not 1 once of it.