T-Mo and Sprint merger update

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1 year 2 weeks ago #38902 by Tonopah
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Sprint/T-Mobile ‘may auction Boost Mobile’ if Dish doesn’t move fast


www.capacitymedia.com/articles/3823754/sprint-t-mobile-may-auction-boost-mobile-if-dish-doesnt-move-fast

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1 year 1 week ago - 1 year 1 week ago #39164 by PEW
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Sprint $25 Kick Start plan - sign up before 7/18 if you want in.

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1 year 6 days ago #39213 by PEW

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11 months 1 week ago #39776 by KentE
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The DOJ approves the Sprint/T-Mobile merger.
www.theverge.com/2019/7/26/6646158/t-mobile-sprint-merger-justice-department-approves-26-billion-fcc

Sounds like the lawsuit brought by several states is the remaining possible stumbling block.
At least we'll have several years of watching to see whether promises (including the vague ones with no teeth) are kept, and what the impact is on consumer prices, rural access, 4th network competition, etc.

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11 months 1 week ago #39847 by KentE
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I just read a short, interesting conversation via Twitter about the merger, and whether or not it's likely to be a good thing for consumer pricing.:


(Hope that link works...)

The gist: AT&T and Verizon had the capability of advocating against the merger, but chose not to. Analysis: AT&T & Verizon may think the merger is a good thing for them, reducing downward price competition.
The financial markets seem to agree at this point, since AT&T and Verizon stocks moved up slightly on the DOJ announcement.

I have found the reasoning process used in that twitter conversation helpful when looking at confusing and controversial proposals-- look to see who (companies or powerful individuals) support which side of the issue, and decide whether their interests align with yours. In this case, if the merger is good for AT&T and Verizon, there's a good chance it won't be good for my wallet.

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11 months 1 week ago #39849 by realLexusl21
I have never seen a merger good for (people)

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8 months 2 weeks ago #41321 by PEW
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8 months 2 weeks ago #41324 by KentE
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Regardless of where one stands on the wisdom of the the merger, I thought this brief article did a pretty good job of pointing out the flaws of Dish being set up as 'competition'.

www.theverge.com/2019/10/10/20908539/t-mobile-sprint-merger-dish-network-failure-stopped-antitrust-experts-doj

My biggest concern is that there have been a lot of assurances offered from T-Mobile to various concerns, and almost no teeth to back up those assurances.

The Dish deal seems typical, where Dish seems positioned to profit regardless of whether or not they follow through with commitments made, and T-Mobile ends up in a good position to buy back the spectrum they've agreed to divest should Dish decide not to compete, or fail at competing.
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