Booker on T-Mobile-Sprint Merger: Merger will have harmful and long-lasting effects on workers and consumers

U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the below statement following the Department of Justice’s approval of the T-Mobile-Sprint merger:

“This merger leaves consumers with fewer choices and reduces the field of competitors below an even minimally acceptable threshold. Our antitrust laws were designed to prevent exactly this type of arrangement and it’s alarming that the Department of Justice approved it based on nothing more than a host of grandiose promises from the parties that will be difficult to verify, let alone enforce. We have seen such promises made and broken before. This merger will have harmful and long-lasting effects on workers and consumers who will now likely pay higher prices for worse service with fewer offerings. In addition, I remain skeptical this merger was necessary to deliver its supposed benefits to consumers in rural communities, who lack access and endure unreliable wireless service.”

In May of this year, Booker joined a letter to the Department of Justice Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim sounding the alarm on reported attempts of political interference in the T-Mobile/Sprint merger investigations.

And in February, Booker joined a letter to the Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission urging the agencies to reject the proposed merger between T-Mobile and Sprint.

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12 COMMENTS

  1. I’m not sure Booker is right about this. Sprint as it is now is circling the drain and T-Mobile isn’t doing well either. If the merger doesn’t go through, we’ll still only have three major carriers. Except the third carrier will be weak and follow Sprint into bankruptcy in the not-to-distant future…

  2. We also must be very concerned regarding 5G that they want to upgrade to. There will be a tremendous amount of radiation and EMFs that can c”v cause hosts of health issues ranging from the machla, to infertility, headaches, etc. We should raise a major issue about this.

  3. @sweet dave call verizon (611) and demand a monthly credit based on the fact they gave you no service. I did it twice so far and will keep doing it till they have normal service

  4. I think anyone that believes the merger is a mistake is retarded I have tmobile and here where i live i get really good service with my carrier however i have seen people using sprint being where i work (Walmart) sitting right outside and their 4glte wasn’t even working so this merger will help with signal and reception and hate to tell u this im a former Verizon customer and after switching to tmobile Verizon could give me a whole year of free service and I still wouldn’t switch back john legere ( I think that’s how its spelled) is one of the best CEOs that I have ever seen this merger will improve everything so what if prices go up a lil after three years alot can change by then.

  5. I wonder if the senator of NJ saw what tmobile did with metro there is your proof as well the uncarrier movement it made hella more competition.
    If you want to talk about hurting consumers then you an the others should have blocked the att mergers aka att with directv as well att with adquiring time warner cable if you are wondering what heppened after those mergers look it yourself poor customer service on the directv side as well other stuff

  6. I agree with less options it makes it hard. Why not just sell Sprint to like Amazon or another carrier instead of scraps of Sprint holdings to make a carrier that no one would want. The 5g is the excuse for the costs to skyrocket but the Sprint merger is the real reason Sprint is why we have the prices now. We already seen what device contracts have done to consumers skyrocketed the prices of devices. Carriers used use devices for free to get people to switch now we pay full price with 1000 etf instead of 175. Thanks TMobile for that, now we will have another non consumer friendly option. Sprint should sell to another company not to and existing company if you’re worried about softbank going bankrupt just so you know softbank is very rich and could have Sprint profitable in 5 short years with spectrum holdings and TMobile would be the one more at risk of bankruptcy since they can’t compete in 5g

  7. For ine tmobile are crooks.they claim to give data services to other carriers and di put your data on your phone. I believe this type of doings will be worst than any. If tbier company is, not doing good it us because they are reaping what they sowned. And as far as Mr. Booker you cannot put him down because he sees this merger thing as a big mistake it does not take a genius to see the right or worst thing. It’s what you call common sense. ANYWAYS MOST GENIUS PEOPLE LOSE WHOLE ON THIER COMMON SENSE’S. AND PEOPLE LIKE T-MOBILE LIVE AND DIE A CROOK CHEATER AND LAIR. SO WHOEVER IS TALKING about Mr. Booker statements better sleep on it and wake up and smell the coffee and truths about tbieves and lairs. T-Mobile has brainwashed sprint. That’s the devil is !!! He looks and prey on the weak. They should not let these people do such a merger. Every promise from men is not a kept promise. Only loving jesus and loving father god keep promise’s. Be blessed and we all must pray and believe only our jesus and our loving father god. Be blessed.

  8. We should have option to leave if unwanted transfer. Its unfair business can chose for consumer without consumers rights to accept or declune
    When signed on contract it with the company you choose not what is chosen for you. Breach of contract

  9. I quit T-mobile not just because of the merger, but cause of persistent lack of a strong indoor signal speeds/connection, lack of coverage service in/around various city locations both indoors and outdoors. I contacted T-mobile a few times about this issue, and was always told it was due to my location, the building I was in, and their signal tower maintenance. Lies and no resolution at all, just endless poor service. Recently switched to a different carrier and voila! no more coverage, speed/connection issues anytime, anywhere, indoors and out. Yes, even in elevators. Amazing! Hey Tmobile, if your competition can offer said coverage, obviously you’re not up for it. A merger to gouge more $$$$ from customers, while serving up substandard, antiquated, non existent promises. Public has been duped into this charade by corporate giants scared silly of competition, so outcome is less choices. Nowhere to turn.

  10. Booker wrong and should not publish an assumption without merit. The merger needed to happen and it will create better competition among the three. This still proves technology and older politicians show a very big gap and a learning curve.

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