VOICES FROM AROUND AMERICA

T-Mobile CEO John Legere Commits to Lower Prices for Consumers

“Everyone will benefit from this increased competition, but especially rural communities. They often have just one high-speed broadband option. With the New T-Mobile network, we will create robust competition and grow share with a competitive wireless broadband alternative. (New York Times, May 10, 2018)

USA Today Editorial Board Says T-Mobile/Sprint Combination to Increase Competition

“Only by combining would there be a third player with the scale and resources to compete effectively in 5G, which requires a huge investment in technology and an even bigger commitment to winning over local opposition.”

“In the final analysis, there is no good reason to block this merger, one of the few such deals that could actually increase competition.”

(May 1, 2018)

Wall Street Journal Editorial Board Supports T-Mobile/Sprint Merger

“On-again-off-again wireless couple Sprint and T-Mobile have agreed to a $26 billion merger, which by all indications would benefit customers and promote competition. Regulators broke up the union four years ago, but the Trump Administration should give its blessing.”

“Consolidation in an industry with high fixed costs is probably inevitable but shouldn’t worry regulators since the market is dynamic. Comcast has rolled out a wireless service with Verizon Wireless. AT&T intends to provide wireless service to homes. Dish Network has been hoarding spectrum that could be used for a proprietary network or in a partnership. A T-Mobile-Sprint condominium would make the market more competitive.”

(April 30, 2018)

Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure Describes Job Creation, 5G Investment From T-Mobile/Sprint Merger

“By joining forces with T-Mobile, we’ll have the scale and resources to provide U.S. consumers and businesses with more choice, more competition and lower prices in key underserved areas — including rural communities, home broadband and business and government wireless services.” (Kansas City Star, May 12, 2018)

Former FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell Says The T-Mobile-Sprint Merger Will “Significantly Accelerate 5G Development"

“Two American companies, Sprint and T-Mobile—both of which are already investing in 5G technology—just announced their intentions to merge, a move that will significantly accelerate 5G deployment and be a boon to American innovators. (I currently serve as an advisor to T-Mobile.) By bringing these two wireless carriers under one roof, each company’s already present 5G expertise and network assets will be combined and accelerated, benefiting the American people and our country’s global leadership."

– Robert McDowell, “I'm A Former FCC Commissioner, And I Think The T-Mobile-Sprint Merger Is Great For America," Fortune, 5/7/18

Missouri Farm Bureau Member Andrea Rice Says A T-Mobile-Sprint Merger Will Create More Competition In Rural Areas

“In addition, businesses and families in these rural communities rarely have the opportunity to choose from more than one or two wireless, broadband or cable providers. However, with the combination of T-Mobile and Sprint, the possibility of more robust competition is becoming a reality. Competition that will be created by having a stronger wireless company providing more rural coverage means a better product at a better price."

– Andrea Rice, Op-Ed, “Rural Missourians To Benefit From T-Mobile And Sprint Combining," Missouri Times, 5/24/18

Former Senator John Sununu Says T-Mobile And Sprint's Combined Spectrum Portfolio Will Position It To Rapidly Expand High-Speed Internet Access In The U.S.

“T-Mobile and Sprint have highly complementary spectrum portfolios that will position the combined company to deliver America’s first nationwide 5G network, and press other providers to rapidly invest more in their own 5G networks. 5G will vastly improve high-speed internet access and quality in the United States, particularly in underserved communities where Wi-Fi has struggled to bridge the digital divide. Additionally, faster mobile speeds will accelerate the adoption of internet of things technologies, creating an ecosystem of connected devices to satisfy consumer demand for instant and constant connection."

– John Sununu, “This Isn’t Your Older Brother’s Wireless Merger," Morning Consult, 5/4/18

Former Undersecretary Of State James K. Glassman Says The T-Mobile-Sprint Merger Will Create A Formidable Competitor For Verizon And AT&T

“Competition has given Americans better products, better service, better prices – and a faster-growing economy. But the race to 5G has threatened to become bogged down in complacency. AT&T and Verizon are content with dominating and launching sporadic 5G without a formidable competitor capable of heavy investment in new technology for a broad and deep network. With the merger, all that will change."

– James K. Glassman, “This Merger Can The Provide Competitive Spur To Win The 5G Race," The Daily Caller, 5/3/18

Tech.pinions Op-Ed: “Why Regulators Should Approve the T-Mobile/Sprint Deal"

“Wouldn’t it be better for network investment, the market, and consumers to have three strong competitors, rather than two giants, a sort of strong #3, and a weak #4? Can regulators point to any other countries where there are four healthy and profitable national wireless carriers?"

“[But] given important changes in the market’s structure, plus the road ahead from a strategic and financial perspective, the benefits of this proposed combination outweigh the potential downsides."

–  Mark Lowenstein, Mobile Ecosystem (May 3, 2018)

Former U.S. Representative Billy Tauzin Says The T-Mobile-Sprint Merger Will Bring 5G To Rural Communities Sooner

“For too long, American communities have been divided by those who do and do not have access to broadband — the digital haves and have-nots. The merger of T-Mobile and Sprint can help change that by bringing 5G to rural America sooner."

– Billy Tauzin, “Letters: Closing The Broadband Gap In Rural America," The Advocate, 6/5/18

Tracey Osborne Oltjen, President And CEO Of The Overland Park Chamber Of Commerce, Says The T-Mobile-Sprint Merger Will Produce Benefits With The Promise Of Expansive Coverage, Especially For Underserved Rural Communities

“The new T-Mobile stands to produce benefits far beyond the Kansas City region with promises of expansive coverage, including in underserved rural communities. With a mix of low-, mid- and high-band spectrum, the new company would be uniquely positioned to develop and deploy a nationwide 5G network. Estimates are that 5G could provide 20 times the speed of 4G. That means you could download 10 movies over 5G in the time it would take to download half of the first movie on 4G."

– Tracey Osborne Oltjen, “Sprint/T-Mobile Merger Shows Promise For The Kansas City Region," Kansas City Star, 6/7/18

FierceWireless Op-Ed: “The T-Mobile + Sprint Merger Will Reduce Prices, Not Raise Them"

“My advice to the Department of Justice: Let T-Mobile and Sprint get married. Their children will be capable of things that we can't do today."

– Joe Madden, Principal Analyst at Mobile Expert (May 29, 2018)

Former Undersecretary Of State James K. Glassman Says A Combined T-Mobile And Sprint Company Will “Have A Powerfully Positive Effect Of The U.S. Economy"

“A competitive spirit is America’s great comparative advantage. But competition has been too limited in communications technology, a sector that affects us all. By introducing a powerful new player with a penchant for pro-consumer disruption onto the scene, the merger of T-Mobile and Sprint will have a powerfully positive effect on the U.S. economy. America has the strongest private sector in the world, but we can’t afford to rest on our laurels. Regulators, policymakers, business leaders – as well as consumers – need to understand what’s at stake with this merger. It’s our best chance to get 5G implemented quickly and broadly, to the benefit of all of us."

– James K. Glassman, " This Merger Can The Provide Competitive Spur To Win The 5G Race," The Daily Caller, 5/3/18

Former U.S. Representative Billy Tauzin Highlights “Rural America Will See The Greatest Benefit," From 5G Technology Which The T-Mobile-Sprint Merger Will Catalyze In The U.S.

“While the promise of 5G is monumental for urban areas, rural America will see the greatest benefit. By expanding broadband access, 5G will help connect rural small businesses with larger markets and allow doctors to remotely treat patients who live hours away. Case in point, Scottsville, Kentucky, has used broadband-enabled telemedicine to connect doctors from Tennessee with local patients. Unfortunately, Scottsville is the exception. More than 19 million rural Americans lack broadband access, and those that don't often have little or no choice in provider. The reason is simple: it's costly to lay wired connections and companies are not incentivized to invest."

– Billy Tauzin, “Letters: Closing The Broadband Gap In Rural America," The Advocate, 6/5/18

Seattle Times Urges Embrace of T-Mobile/Sprint Merger

“State and regional policymakers should support this merger as the best possible outcome. It will advance the region’s technology leadership and should create more jobs and opportunity.”

(April 30, 2018)

Former FCC Chief of Staff Believes T-Mobile – Sprint Merger Could Reduce Prices for Consumers

“I think that T-Mobile and Sprint are aggressive forces in the market and that they are really going to go after the AT&T and the Verizon market with a vengeance, so I know typically in a horizontal merger, prices are expected to rise, but in this case, I think this is the one case where we might see that axiom proven wrong. I know we're looking at the possibility of having prices actually go down because of their innovative and very aggressive marketing in advertising and business practice and structure." 

– Adonis Hoffman, Former Chief of Staff and Senior Legal Advisor, FCC

Boingo CEO Believes New T-Mobile Will Be a Stimulus to the Market

“If this deal gets approved, we believe it will be a strong stimulus to the market and for our business.”

– David Hagan, CEO, Boingo and Chairman of the Executive Board for the Consumer Technology Association

5G is Important for U.S. Economy, Says Senior Nokia Executive

“[T]here's going to be a lot of businesses that are launched because of 5G. And first, it starts domestically, but then you export globally. So 5G is important not just for the U.S. economy, but also for the ability to export globally.”

– Mike Murphy, CTO North America, Nokia

Ericsson’s North America President Argue for 5G’s Benefit to U.S.

“[O]nce those [5G] capabilities are put in place, the sheer investment, capacity and power of innovation in the U.S. will come up with new types of services and applications that will ride on top of those networks.”

– Niklas Heuveldop, President & CEO Market Area North America, Ericsson

U.S. Must Lead the 5G Race: Political Commentator John Feehery

“If we lose 5G to China, if we fall behind in bringing the Internet of Things to the consumer and to the commercial sector, we will lose a lot more than jobs and economic security. What we need to do is get this merger approved and get to the business of innovation which naturally springs from better and stronger competition." 

– John Feehery, Political Commentator & Founder of the Feehery Group

Mobile Analyst Credits T-Mobile – Sprint Merger for “Serious Investment in 5G”

“In the longer term, this deal will make a serious investment in 5G more possible, possibly forcing Verizon and AT&T to invest more as well. Our 5G forecast will grow significantly when this deal closes and the FCC allocates some C-band spectrum.”

– Kyung Mun, Principal Analyst, Mobile Experts

Industry Analyst Praises T-Mobile’s “Transformative Impact,” Predicts Lower Prices

“T-Mobile, on the other hand, has had a transformative impact on competitive dynamics in the market. And you’re going to give T-Mobile a much lower cost base. I think that’s good for consumers and prices will head lower.”

– Jonathan Chaplin, U.S. Communications Services Team Head, New Street Research

5G is Critical for U.S., Says Industry Analyst

“It’s hard to argue that 5G is not key to the next five to 10 years…Strategically, if you’re the U.S. and you’re trying to plan industrial policy, this deal makes sense.”

– Chris Lane, Senior Research Analyst, Sanford C. Bernstein

VentureBeat Cites Faster Speeds, Lower Prices as Benefit of T-Mobile/Sprint Merger

“Sprint’s new president and incoming CEO Michel Combes had some good news to share this week: Customers can expect higher speeds and lower prices if the merger goes through.” (May 17, 2018)

RCR Wireless Reports That T-Mobile Sprint Merger Would Boost 5G Adoption

“The adoption of 5G technology in the United States will experience an acceleration if the merger of mobile carriers T-Mobile US and Sprint is approved, according to a recent study by research firm Strategy Analytics. The new report projected that the T-Mobile US-Sprint merger will result in a 17% surge in the uptake of 5G services by 2023.” (June 1, 2018)