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 PalloneOvernight Health Care — Presented by That's Medicaid — Deal on surprise medical bills faces obstacles | House GOP unveils rival drug pricing measure ahead of Pelosi vote | Justices to hear case over billions in ObamaCare payments Obstacles remain for deal on surprise medical bills This week: House impeachment inquiry hits crucial stretch MORE (D-N.J.) and Mike DoyleMichael (Mike) F. DoyleDemocrats demand FCC act over leak of phone location data Hillicon Valley: Google, Reddit to testify on tech industry protections | Trump joins Amazon-owned Twitch | House to vote on bill to combat foreign interference Reddit, Google to testify before House panel on tech's legal protections 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 Walden'Medicare for All' backers notch win with high-profile hearing Democrats declare victory for eliminating drug protections in trade deal Impeachment surprise: Bills Congress could actually pass in 2020 MORE (R-Ore.) and Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnTikTok chief cancels Capitol Hill meetings, inflaming tensions Lawsuits pose new challenge for TikTok TikTok's leader to meet with lawmakers next week 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.