T-Mobile-Sprint merger draws opposition from consumer groups

They fear the deal will lead to less competition and higher prices.

Roger Cheng Former Executive Editor / Head of News
Roger Cheng (he/him/his) was the executive editor in charge of CNET News, managing everything from daily breaking news to in-depth investigative packages. Prior to this, he was on the telecommunications beat and wrote for Dow Jones Newswires and The Wall Street Journal for nearly a decade and got his start writing and laying out pages at a local paper in Southern California. He's a devoted Trojan alum and thinks sleep is the perfect -- if unattainable -- hobby for a parent.
Expertise Mobile, 5G, Big Tech, Social Media Credentials
  • SABEW Best in Business 2011 Award for Breaking News Coverage, Eddie Award in 2020 for 5G coverage, runner-up National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Award for culture analysis.
Roger Cheng

T-Mobile CEO John Legere believes his deal will help the country. Others aren't so sure. 

Screenshot by Sally Neiman/CNET

Not everyone is a fan of T-Mobile's plan to merge with Sprint

On Monday, a host of groups, including Consumer's Union, Common Cause and Public Knowledge filed a joint petition asking the Federal Communications Commission to kill the T-Mobile-Sprint deal. They expressed concern that the merger would remove one aggressive competitor and ultimately lead to higher prices. 

"The proposed merger of T-Mobile US, Inc. and Sprint Corp. would significantly harm the public interest," the groups said. 

The opposition suggests the road to completing the deal may not be easy for T-Mobile and Sprint. The two carriers have long sought to get together, creating a company big enough to stand against larger carriers Verizon and AT&T, but regulators have previously expressed their preference for four national players. 

The Communications Workers of America also filed its opposition to the deal, arguing it would cost 28,000 jobs. 

The arguments run counter to T-Mobile and Sprint's promise to cut prices and add more jobs thanks largely to an investment in 5G and better customer service

"We are confident that the merger of Sprint and T-Mobile will create more competition and will be incredibly positive for consumers," the companies said in a joint e-mailed statement in response. 

The deal has its own supporters, including Libertarian think tank TechFreedom and former government officials.