Sprint and T-Mobile don't have the infrastructure to handle 5G. They argue that since both AT&T and Verizon do, there won't be anyone to compete with AT&T and Verizon once 5G starts to be implemented nationwide. Unless there's evidence that this merger will cause certain parts of the country to ONLY have access to one carrier, there is no Anti Trust issue.
Anonymous, 22 Jul 2018The FCC under the current administration couldn't care less about what consumers want. Petiti... moreYep, and they shouldn't.....I mean, it's not like they aren't doing their job by trying to block the newest AT&T merger, which was allowed to move forward unfettered by a moderate judge no less. The economy was OVER regulated by the last administration, stifling innovation, wage increases, and tax breaks.....y'know, those crumbs those mean ol' Democrats were talking about. Not like an extra grand a year means nothing to a middle class family.
.alpha, 22 Jul 2018T-Mobile have been getting more and more expensive and Sprint have gave up promotional pricing... moreThat sometimes happens when a business....ummm....does businessy things. If you dont like the prices, go to a competitor, or try and create a competing product. I swear, some people want something for nothing (or at the least, very little) thats not how it works.
ns1030, 21 Jul 2018After watching Net Neutrality decision , I think FCC will do whatever they want. I highly dou... moreCorrect, this is just a PR stunt to try and minimise backlash.
The Hen house is run by the wolves.
T-Mobile have been getting more and more expensive and Sprint have gave up promotional pricing to attract customers because they think they don't have to with merger with T-Mobile. MVNO isn't competition to carriers as their wholesale price depends on carriers. If carriers raise wholesale price, MVNO have to charge more as well
The FCC under the current administration couldn't care less about what consumers want. Petition, but don't expect it to have much value.
While there would be a benefit of making 5G implemented quicker, this didn't seem to bode well, seeing sas how prices will rise
I am not in the favor of this decision.
Sprint is the last budget major carrier here in the US. It doesn't seem right to merge all those users into Tmo. Not feeling it. Gotta say nope.
"others argue that with MVNO networks like Fi, Simple, TracFone, Cricket, and Xfinity Mobile, there are plenty of competing options for wireless service in the United States."
That is true just to a certain extent, MVNO's are basically ruled by the infrastructure owners (carriers), for example Verizon will prioritize its subscribers whenever there is heavy traffic leaving customers using a Verizon MVNO not too happy with the service, most people using an MVNO are not aware of how it actually works, the carriers NEVER grant full permission to use their network and therefore for example if you switch from Verizon to a Verizon MVNO with the same device suddenly you may suffer from a lack of reception in places where when active with Verizon you had no problems at all. The same applies to ATT Sprint and T-Mobile. I believe that the merger will not benefit customers in the US. but I do feel that it is going to happen.
After watching Net Neutrality decision , I think FCC will do whatever they want. I highly doubt that any petition will have any effect on final decision.