New York AG won't keep fighting T-Mobile merger with Sprint

New York AG won't keep fighting T-Mobile merger with Sprint

The state has been one of the more vocal opponents to the merger, warning that it could reduce competition, hurt quality and raise prices even with sacrifices such as offloading prepaid services to Dish. There's some precedent for this -- past telecom mergers in the US haven't done much to halt creeping price hikes, while some companies have promised more jobs after mergers only to slash them later.

T-Mobile and Sprint, meanwhile, have contended that their union is needed to help roll out 5G and could improve competition by creating a stronger rival to AT&T and Verizon (Engadget's parent company). The judge who declared the merger lawful cited Sprint's struggle to remain competitive as a decisive factor while noting that T-Mobile had forced incumbents to improve their policies.

The merger hasn't received its last approval. California's Public Utility Commission has yet to greenlight the deal. If it does, though, New York and other states likely won't have much choice but to focus on keeping the expanded T-Mobile honest.


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