Hold Sprint responsible: T-Mobile’s merger with Sprint is facing pushback from Democrats


T-Mobile’s push to merge with Sprint is facing government pushback from lawmakers.

Last week, freshman congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., sent a letter to Department of Justice antitrust head Makan Delrahim and Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai outlining her opposition to the $26 billion deal.

The letter, signed by 36 other Democrats, reiterated prior concerns voiced from critics of the deal about how the reduction of national wireless carriers from four to three will lead to higher prices. Tlaib’s note also said that the merger would “disproportionately hurt lower-income people and communities of color.”

T-Mobile operates the prepaid service Metro while Sprint runs the Boost and Virgin Mobile brands. Combined, the letter notes, the two companies have a “disproportionately high percentage of customers in communities of color.”

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