House committees to hold joint hearing on T-Mobile-Sprint merger

House committees to hold joint hearing on T-Mobile-Sprint merger
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Two House committees will hold a joint hearing next month on the $26 billion T-Mobile-Sprint merger, the chairmen of the committees announced Monday.

The Judiciary and Energy and Commerce committees will hold the hearing on Feb. 13. T-Mobile CEO John Legere and Sprint Executive Chairman Marcelo Claure will both testify at the hearing.

The merger would combine two of the four major wireless carriers in the U.S. The two companies last month won security approvals for the merger. 

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Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) and Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone Jr.Frank Joseph PalloneHillicon Valley: Twitter says Trump 'go back' tweet didn't violate rules | Unions back protests targeting Amazon 'Prime Day' | Mnuchin voices 'serious concerns' about Facebook crypto project | Congress mobilizes on cyber threats to electric grid Congress mobilizes on cyber threats to electric grid Overnight Health Care — Sponsored by Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids — White House withdraws controversial rule to eliminate drug rebates | Grassley says deal on drug prices moving 'very soon' | Appeals court declines to halt Trump abortion referral ban MORE (D-N.J.) said in a joint statement that the hearing is necessary to "examine the effects on important issues like jobs, costs to consumers, innovation and competition."

"A merger between T-Mobile and Sprint would combine two of the four largest wireless carriers and the carriers with the largest numbers of low-income customers. As the Committees with oversight of the Federal Communications Commission and Department of Justice, we must hold this hearing to examine the effects on important issues like jobs, costs to consumers, innovation and competition," they wrote.

"We look forward to examining this merger from the perspective of what is in the best interest of consumers and hardworking people," they added in the statement.

The statement was also signed by Reps. Mike DoyleMichael (Mike) F. DoyleHouse Democrats seek bipartisan working group on net neutrality WHIP LIST: The 83 House Democrats backing an impeachment inquiry Hillicon Valley: Trump takes flak for not joining anti-extremism pact | Phone carriers largely end sharing of location data | Huawei pushes back on ban | Florida lawmakers demand to learn counties hacked by Russians | Feds bust 0M cybercrime group MORE (D-Pa.) and David CicillineDavid Nicola CicillineCritics slam billion Facebook fine as weak Tech executives to take hot seat at antitrust hearing Social media summit highlights partisan approaches on tech MORE (D-R.I.), the chairmen of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology and the Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law, respectively.