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A statement from CWA in response to news that several FCC Commissioners have voiced support for the proposed T-Mobile/Sprint merger after the companies announced a series of new commitments and conditions.
In a reply brief filed on Friday with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), Communications Workers of America (CWA) District 9 demonstrates that the proposed T-Mobile/Sprint merger is “not in the public interest and cannot lawfully be approved as structured” and calls on the CPUC to “deny the proposed merger as currently structured.”
One year after its official announcement, we are more convinced than ever that the proposed T-Mobile/Sprint merger would be a bad deal for American workers and consumers.
Washington, DC — The news that the FCC has scheduled a December 4th filing date for comments responding to a new economic argument detailed by T-Mobile may be a bad sign for the merger prospects, the Communications Workers of America (CWA) said today.

Washington, DC — While some observers have been speculating about rising odds that the government will approve the proposed T-Mobile and Sprint merger, several of the leading analysts in the telecom sector aren't buying the hype. After reviewing the range of filings and arguments to the FCC, Craig Moffett of MoffettNathanson and Blair Levin of New Street Research are more skeptical - each putting the odds at 50/50 or below. See relevant analyses below:

The Communications Workers of America (CWA) today submitted new comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on the proposed T-Mobile/Sprint merger. The new filing assesses the companies' insufficient responses to CWA's initial comments to the FCC and finds that T-Mobile and Sprint have failed to show that there would be verifiable, merger-related public interest benefits that would outweigh the substantial harm the deal would cause to working people and consumers.

In its motion, CWA District 9 cites the merger’s potential negative effects on its 57,000 members in California, both as workers and consumers.

T-Mobile has hired former CenturyLink executive Sunit Patel to help oversee its proposed merger with Sprint – another disturbing indication that the merger would result in the layoffs of thousands of current employees from the two companies.
In comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) expressing opposition to the proposed merger between T-Mobile and Sprint as currently structured, CWA’s substantive filing and analysis finds that the merger will result in the loss of more than 28,000 jobs. (Note: Updated analysis shows that the merger is likely to result in the loss of 30,000 jobs.)