Department of Justice Blocks T-Mobile/Sprint Merger

For Immediate Release: April 16, 2019

Press Contact: Regan Page at [email protected]

NEW REPORT: Department of Justice Recommends Blocking T-Mobile/Sprint Merger

Protect America’s Wireless Releases Statement on Merger That Would Have Put Our National Security at Risk

Washington, D.C. — Today, in response to the new report that the United States Department of Justice is unlikely to approve the proposed mega-merger between T-Mobile and Sprint as currently structured, Protect America’s Wireless released the following statement:

“The news around the T-Mobile/Sprint merger by the Justice Department affirms what the national security community has been maintaining for months: this proposed mega-merger is bad for consumers and would have put our national security at risk. No one in the U.S. wireless industry has a closer relationship to Huawei than T-Mobile. T-Mobile’s parent company, Deutsche Telekom, has an entangled and long-standing relationship with Huawei and has worked with them to deploy 5G in infrastructure around the world—even at times siding with Huawei over our closest allies. By blocking this merger, it is clear the DOJ is done with T-Mobile’s vague, unenforceable commitments not to use Huawei, especially given that Deutsche Telekom would own 42 percent of the ‘new T-Mobile.’ It further solidifies that the DOJ is not buying T-Mobile’s nebulous claims that somehow this merger will create more competition to Huawei. The DOJ’s move to end the madness is a critical step to protect our national security and secure United States’ control over our own digital future.”