FCC votes along party lines to approve Sprint / T-Mobile merger

Shawn Knight

TechSpot Staff
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The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday approved the planned merger between Sprint and T-Mobile, The Verge is reporting. The publication, citing an unnamed FCC official, said the commission voted along party lines to push the deal through (3-2, Republicans over Democrats).

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel (D) voiced her criticism of the merger in an op-ed piece in The Atlantic this morning. In it, Rosenworcel pointed to the aftermath of airline and pharmaceutical mergers – baggage fees, smaller seats and the rising cost of lifesaving medications – as examples of what can happen when markets consolidate.

“There’s no reason to think the mobile-phone industry will be different,” she said, adding that shrinking the number of providers from four to three will hurt consumers, harm competition and eliminate thousands of jobs.

The Justice Department over the summer handed down its approval of the mega merger, albeit with some concessions in place. Sprint will be forced to sell its prepaid business to Dish, setting the satellite provider up to be the nation’s new fourth major wireless player.

Geoffrey Starks, the other Democratic commissioner, also voiced his disapproval of the merger. "While I hope for the sake of consumers that I am wrong, I fear that we will one day look back at this decision and recognize it as a moment that forever changed the U.S. wireless industry, and not for the better."

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Mr Majestyk

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Well Dipshit Pai would know all about claiming taxpayer dollars for doing nothing. Corporate mercenary and former lawyer of Verizon. This is the crap Trump found at the bottom of the swamp. He serves his own and the telco's interests not the American people he's supposed to serve.
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I don't really feel negative towards this at all. I see it as a good thing. Verizon and AT&T really only compete with each other, Sprint and Tmobile were the small fish.

Politicians will say absolutely anything for their own party interests.