House Dems call for hearing on planned merger between T-Mobile, Sprint

House Dems call for hearing on planned merger between T-Mobile, Sprint
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Top Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee are calling on the panel’s GOP leadership to hold a hearing on the proposed merger between T-Mobile and Sprint, expressing concern about the deal’s potential effects on the market.

Reps. Frank Pallone Jr.Frank Joseph PalloneOn The Money: Trump, Senate leaders to huddle on border wall funding | Fed bank regulator walks tightrope on Dodd-Frank | Koch-backed groups blast incentives for corporations after Amazon deal Overnight Health Care — Presented by The Partnership for Safe Medicines — Dem vows Medicare drug price negotiations will be priority | ObamaCare enrollment down compared to last year | HHS declares health emergency in California Incoming Dem chairman: Medicare negotiating drug prices is a priority MORE (D-N.J.) and Mike DoyleMichael (Mike) F. DoyleDems to ramp up oversight of Trump tech regulators Twitter chief faces GOP anger over bias at hearing Live coverage: Social media execs face grilling on Capitol Hill MORE (D-Pa.), the ranking members on the panel and its communications subcommittee, wrote to their counterparts on Monday arguing that the deal needs congressional oversight.

“As the Committee with primary jurisdiction over the wireless industry, we have a responsibility to understand the potential effect of this merger on consumers, workers, and the communications market,” the Democrats wrote to Reps. Greg WaldenGregory (Greg) Paul WaldenDems to ramp up oversight of Trump tech regulators Overnight Health Care — Presented by Purdue Pharma — Trump insists GOP will 'totally' protect people with pre-existing conditions | Landmark opioid bill signed into law | Report finds agencies blindsided by 'zero tolerance' policy Vulnerable Republicans throw ‘Hail Mary’ on pre-existing conditions MORE (R-Ore.) and Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnMcConnell reelected as leader, Thune promoted to whip Rick Scott appears with GOP senators, ignores voter fraud question as recount continues Dems vow swift action on gun reform next year MORE (R-Tenn.).

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T-Mobile and Sprint announced the deal on Sunday, saying that it will allow them to remain competitive with the country’s other two wireless providers and help boost their efforts to build a new 5G network.

Pallone and Doyle urged the committee to examine these claims to determine if they hold water.

"The public deserves to understand whether further consolidation will speed up or slow down that deployment and what the change will do for American workers,” the two wrote of the 5G efforts. “Just as urgently, the American people want to know what a transaction such as this will do to wireless prices."

A spokeswoman for the committee did not immediately respond when asked for comment on the letter.