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A Group Of States Want To Block T-Mobile And Sprint's Merger, Saying It Could Harm Low-Income Communities

Last month, T-Mobile and Sprint officially announced plans to merge companies. A big talking point that the two used to create excitement was that it would allow for the rapid creation of a nationwide 5G network. Now, ten states have sued T-Mobile and Sprint in order to prevent the merger. The states include California, Colorado, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New York, Michigan, Mississippi, Virginia, and Wisconsin. The main argument centers around how this merger will stifle competition. If there are fewer choices for cellphone services, then the few that exist can easily rack up prices. This can cause headaches for low-income communities, where even the smallest price increase could cause a family to lose service. In a statement, New York’s Attorney General Letitia James said: “When it comes to corporate power, bigger isn’t always better. The T-Mobile and Sprint merger would not only cause irreparable harm to mobile subscribers nationwide by cutting access to...

Jun 12, 2019