Merge all the wireless phone companies

another issue T-mobile?

Logo of T-Mobile and Verizon, not my creation, used in context of this article

      As you may or may not know, in the past the major US phone companies AT&T, the second biggest in America, and T-Mobile, the only other major GSM cell phone company of the United States tried to merge. This was after a long debate, blocked by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to prevent the lack of variety and threat of a monopoly in the United States for our cell phones. Dutch Telecom, the owner of T-Mobile was most likely not too happy on this decision from the FCC.

Anyways, enough back story, now Verizon is looking to acquire more wireless “spectrum” from cable companies including Comcast, Time Warner, Bright House and Cox communications. Sprint Nextel, DirecTV and T-Mobile had joined up to ask more about this deal that the number 1 phone company in America has proposed. Verizon has been acting very protective of the deal, saying this spectrum of wireless capability has been unused and that it will be available with them for use. T-Mobile has now announced it strongly opposes this move, and filed a complaint with the FCC saying that it would place an “excessive concentration”, according to the New York Times, of this spectrums. We’ll see how this plays out, but if it was me I would hope this goes the same route as the AT&T and T-Mobile merger, and the FCC does not show any favoritism, and considering that Verizon is the BIGGEST cell phone company in America, I think this should be taken into account, and that this could be way more detrimental and a bigger threat to the US cell phone industry than this previously denied merger.

-Ryan Rice



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