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Nessel signs Michigan on for attempt to block T-Mobile/Sprint merger

Posted at 2:53 PM, Jun 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-11 23:39:31-04

LANSING, Mich. — Attorney General Dana Nessel is joining the attorneys general of nine other states in an attempt to stop wireless companies T-Mobile and Sprint from merging. The federal lawsuit filed Tuesday claims the proposed merger would reduce competition and raise prices by almost 10%.

“We cannot sit idly by while two of the biggest companies in the country attempt to join forces, eliminating competition between Sprint and T-Mobile and likely raising prices by nearly 10 percent,” said Nessel. “As the eighth largest mobile wireless consumer market in the United States, we must protect Michigan residents – and every cell phone customer in the country – from a move by corporate players that will enrich their shareholders on the backs of their customers."

The $26.5 million deal would combine the country's third and fourth-largest wireless companies. T-Mobile and Sprint argue they need to merger so they can work on a faster 5G network capable of competing with Verizon and AT&T. Nessel says the lack of competition will actually slow progress towards 5G while enriching company executives.

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