Democratic Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel laid out her opinion in an op-ed for The Atlantic, which basically boils down to fears that fewer competitive players in the wireless industry will inevitably lead to less competition and thus higher prices and poorer service.
The Federal Communications Commission approved T-Mobile's merger with Sprint on Wednesday, formalizing a commitment that Chair Ajit Pai made back in May.
The merger of the 3rd and 4th largest companies in the industry still faces legal opposition by a NY led group of state attorneys general.
Markedly, the combination of the two networks would help to fill coverage gaps and also provide more 5G connectivity, leading the company to devote more resources to build new 5G infrastructure.
If that happens, the two companies will team up as the "New T-Mobile", becoming an obviously more dominant player in the US telecom industry. This merger takes an bad circumstance and aggravates it. Simply, the impacts of this cockeyed merger will hit low-pay and provincial networks hardest of all.
"We've all seen what happens when markets become more concentrated after a merger like this one ..."
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Pai and the Republican commissioners did not issue statements on the agency's website about the merger today.
Representatives from both T-Mobile and Sprint state that they will not close the merger until the lawsuit is resolved. Republican commissioner Carr weighed in on Twitter, though, saying the merger will create "a stronger third competitor" and ensure that "99% of Americans will get 5G on an accelerated basis".
Pai argued in May that the merger is "a unique opportunity to speed up the deployment of 5G throughout the United States and bring much faster mobile broadband to rural Americans".
The states are targeting Sprint, parent company Softbank Group and T-Mobile, its parent Deutsche Telekom, alleging the deal will escalate prices and hurt consumers. In particular, Dish would have the option to buy range licenses, discount access to the consolidated T-Mobile/Sprint system, and Sprint's prepaid business.
Dish's arrangement calls for covering 70% of the USA populace by June 2023, which would leave 100 million Americans without the choice of a fourth bearer.