Stop the Merger

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Stop the T-Mobile & Sprint Merger

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Update: Thank you so much! Over 12,000 of you signed your name to the public comment we submitted to the FCC. This makes a huge difference as it will show that public opposition to this merger is growing. 

We will continue fighting this merger in 2019 and we put up a blog detailing what we can do next. Check it out here.

While we are not adding any more names to the comment below at the moment, we are keeping the form open so people can stay up to date on the campaign. If you sign the form after December 4th, your name will not be added to the FCC comment, but you will be receiving updates when we launch the next steps for the campaign. 

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The FCC is on the verge of approving a merger between T-Mobile and Sprint. This means we'll have one less telecom provider -- leading to less competition, and higher prices for our cell phone bills.1 

So far the merger has faced very little opposition – and the public comment period ends on December 4th.2 If we don't make enough noise before the deadline, this merger could be rubber-stamped. 

We can’t let this happen. Will you add your name to OpenMedia’s submission opposing the merger below?

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We, the undersigned members of the OpenMedia community, would like to express our opposition to the merger between T-Mobile US and Sprint Corp.

This merger will result in less choice and higher prices for customers.

Approving the merger between T-Mobile and Sprint will reduce competition in the U.S. mobile market. T-Mobile is the biggest national provider of prepaid services, while Sprint is one of the largest providers of wholesale capacity for mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs).

Low-income customers are most likely to purchase prepaid services or services provided by MVNOs, and therefore will be disproportionately impacted by the lack of choice in the market that will result from this merger.

Competition between the four main national carriers and the desire of both T-Mobile and Sprint to independently gain market share has led to a 19% reduction in mobility prices since 2013. The merger in question threatens to wipe these gains for consumers.

We ask that you reject the T-Mobile and Sprint merger to foster competition and protect the interests of consumers.

[First Name, Last Name, Zip Code]

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Americans need more choice when it comes to cell phone providers, not less. The U.S. already has some of the highest cellphone prices in the world3, and reducing choice in the market will inevitably lead to higher prices. 

If this merger between T-Mobile and Sprint is approved, America’s cell phone market will look more like Canada’s, which is controlled by only three national providers – and where people currently pay significantly higher prices for even less data than in the U.S.4

This is a bad deal for Americans. 

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has rejected similar mergers in the past because of the impact they would have on prices, innovation and consumer choice.5

In fact, it was T-Mobile’s desire to gain market share in 2013 that has led to a 19% reduction in wireless prices over the past five years. They brought innovation to the market, like getting rid of contracts and even introducing unlimited data plans.6

By merging, T-Mobile and Sprint will no longer have to compete – meaning there is less incentive for them to offer competitive prices and innovative services, and taking pressure off of AT&T and Verizon. 

This merger could also have a major impact on mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) like Ting and Google’s Project Fi. Sprint is a major wholesale network provider for MVNOs and this merger could lead to increased rates, which could affect retail prices, customer choice, and the viability of the MVNO business model.7

After massively mishandling the consultation and repeal of Title II net neutrality last year, the new Democrat-controlled House is going to be putting the FCC under significantly more scrutiny in 2019. That means that we need to make our voices heard, and make sure we have an impact in this proceeding.

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Footnotes:

[1] What T-Mobile-Sprint deal could mean for wireless prices: CNN
[2] WHY AN ARMY OF SMALL COMPANIES IS DEFENDING THE SPRINT/T-MOBILE MERGER: Wired
[3] US Wireless Data Prices Are Among the Most Expensive on Earth: Motherboard
[4] Why Canadian cell phone bills are among the most expensive on the planet: The National Post
[5] PETITION TO DENY OF COMMON CAUSE, CONSUMERS UNION, NEW AMERICA’S OPEN TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE, PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE & WRITERS GUILD OF AMERICA, WEST, INC.: Common Cause
[6] U.S. Wireless Price Wars Having A Big Impact On Consumers: Forbes
[7] See 2

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