T-Mobile/Sprint merger will bring higher prices, small carriers tell FCC

A T-Mobile logo on the window of a retail store.

Enlarge / A T-Mobile logo on the window of a retail store in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. (credit: Getty Images | Bloomberg)

Rural Wireless Association (RWA), NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association, and other groups filed petitions urging the Federal Communications Commission to block the T-Mobile/Sprint merger this week.

“Removing Sprint from the equation through further industry consolidation will result in less competition which will drive prices higher for consumers, and would be decidedly contrary to the public interest,” the RWA said. The FCC is required to evaluate whether mergers benefit the public.

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NY threatens to kick Charter out of the state after broadband failures

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announcement last week.

Charter agreed to expand its network in exchange for state approval of its 2016 purchase of Time Warner Cable (TWC). New York officials say that Charter has failed to meet its commitments, even though Charter claims it has. Rhodes accused Charter of “gaslighting” and noted that the PSC has already ordered Charter to stop making misleading claims about its broadband deployment progress.

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