For Immediate Release: March 12, 2019
Press Contact: Regan Page at [email protected]
5 Questions for T-Mobile/Sprint Execs At Today’s Hearing
Washington, D.C. — Today, Members of the House Judiciary subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law will hold a hearing to question T-Mobile/Sprint executives on the potential impacts of the proposed merger on consumers, workers, and the Internet.
Any discussion of the proposed merger should highlight the critical national security issues at stake with this transaction, especially given Sprint, T-Mobile, and their parent companies’ entangled histories with Huawei and ZTE technologies.
Ahead of today’s hearing, Protect America’s Wireless released a list of questions for which T-Mobile/Sprint executives owe the American public answers:
- The US is threatening to pull back on intelligence sharing with Germany if it does not stop using Huawei. Can the “new T-Mobile” at least commit to do the same if this merger goes forward? Will you make clear, enforceable commitments that, alongside your parent companies, Deutsche Telekom and SoftBank, you will not use Huawei technology in 5G build outs and infrastructure in the United States and around the world?
- Over 40 percent of Deutsche Telekom’s profits come from T-Mobile in North America. If Deutsche Telekom wants U.S. permission to merge and grow these profits, shouldn’t you make a clear, enforceable commitment to ban Huawei equipment from your networks worldwide?
- How do you justify higher bills for subscribers in rural areas who will never have access to the supposed high speeds of 5G provided by small cell sites in urban centers?
- In the “race to 5G,” is it more important to rush Huawei-built equipment to American consumers or enforce secure 5G standards?
- Does saving money from building out 5G infrastructure at a lower cost using Huawei technology offset the inevitable price the United States will pay when our national security is under attack? What about the national security of our allies?
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