TR Daily Hearings Urged on T-Mobile-Sprint Transaction for Next Year
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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Hearings Urged on T-Mobile-Sprint Transaction for Next Year

Fourteen entities today asked the likely Democratic chairmen of the House Judiciary and Energy and Commerce committees in the next Congress to hold hearings in the first quarter of 2019 on T-Mobile US, Inc.’s proposed acquisition of Sprint Corp.

In their letter, the entities asked Reps. Jerrold Nadler (D., N.Y.) and Frank Pallone Jr. (D., N.J.), who are currently the respective ranking members of the Judiciary and Energy and Commerce committees, to announce as soon as possible their plans for the hearings.

“Announcing hearings to examine the single largest pending wireless telecommunications merger, and one of the largest in the nation’s history, would be an excellent first step to implementing your vision for stronger antitrust enforcement, protecting consumers, promoting competition, and standing up for American workers,” the entities told Rep. Nadler.

The entities also noted that Rep. Pallone, along with Rep. Mike Doyle (D., Pa.), ranking member of the communications and technology subcommittee, asked the Energy and Commerce Committee to hold a hearing on the proposed merger earlier this year but that it has not done so (TR Daily, April 30).

The following entities signed the letter: the American Antitrust Institute, the Center for Media Justice, Common Cause, the Communications Workers of America, Consumer Reports, Fight for the Future, Free Press Action, The Greenlining Institute, the National Consumer Law Center, the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute, the Open Markets Institute, Public Knowledge, the Rural Wireless Association, and the Writers Guild of America West. —Paul Kirby, [email protected]

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