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. DoyleHillicon Valley: Trump turns up heat on Apple over gunman's phone | Mnuchin says Huawei won't be 'chess piece' in trade talks | Dems seek briefing on Iranian cyber threats | Buttigieg loses cyber chief House Democrats request briefings on Iranian cyber threats from DHS, FCC Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers say Facebook deepfake ban falls short | House passes bills to win 5G race | Feds sound alarm on cyberthreat from Iran | Ivanka Trump appearance at tech show sparks backlash 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 WaldenConservative groups aim to sink bipartisan fix to 'surprise' medical bills Overnight Energy: Schumer votes against USMCA, citing climate impact | Republicans offer details on their environmental proposals | Microsoft aims to be carbon negative by 2030 Republicans offer details on environmental proposals after Democrats roll out plan MORE (R-Ore.) and Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnGOP senator: 2020 candidates must recuse themselves from impeachment trial Apple under pressure to unlock Pensacola shooter's phones GOP senators introduce resolution to change rules, dismiss impeachment without articles MORE (R-Tenn.).


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.