Protect America’s Wireless Statement on T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Developments

In response to the recent reports around the proposed T-Mobile/Sprint merger, Protect America’s Wireless spokesman David Wade released the following statement:

 

 

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

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:

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NEW REPORT: UK Delivers ‘Scathing Assessment’ of Huawei Security Threats

Top national outlets highlight the British government’s newly released report — coined by the Washington Post as a ‘scathing assessment’ — which spells out security risks posed by Chinese telecom giant Huawei to the country’s telecommunications infrastructure.

This marks the second consecutive year that the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), the British spy agency equivalent to the U.S. National Security Agency, has voiced serious concerns regarding Huawei and, this time around, comes on the heels of a “full-court press” of the United States to ban Huawei from future 5G networks and preserve national security.

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Reuters: Once Huawei Latches On, They Never Let Go

Reuters: Once Huawei Latches On, They Never Let Go

T-Mobile and Sprint Remain Firmly in their Grip

WASHINGTON, DC -- Reuters reports that AT&T Chief Executive Randall Stephenson said that China’s telecom giant Huawei, known for its long track record of cyber espionage, is making it very difficult for European carriers to drop Huawei for next-generation 5G buildouts.

 All of this teaches an obvious lesson: once Huawei latches on, they never let go. It also raises an interesting question: Could this be why Sprint has never disclosed whether it complied with the CFIUS requirement to pull Huawei from its network in 2013?

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NEW: As White House Warns Wireless Companies About Huawei, “New T-Mobile” & Parent Companies Fail To Commit To Not Using the Chinese Components

Today, the White House raised concerns about wireless companies using Huawei technology to build 5G networks because the Chinese telecom company cannot be trusted due to their history of hacking and cyber espionage. This should raise the alarm bells for the “new T-Mobile” and their parent companies, as no one in the U.S. wireless industry has a closer relationship to Huawei than they do.

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“Don’t Let a China Trade Deal Kill the U.S. Campaign Against Huawei”

Last night, Bloomberg ran a column by Eli Lake that effectively sifts through the many problematic storylines around Chinese telecom giant Huawei to zero in on a critical and particularly scary one: Huawei poses a direct threat to Americans’ digital privacy and national security. In Lake’s words, “the danger is real.”

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Mike Rogers and Senator Rubio are “Getting real about Huawei”

This week, two leading Republican national and cyber security voices, Senator Marco Rubio and former Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Mike Rogers, sounded the alarm bells on Chinese telecom giant Huawei and the potential impacts of Chinese infiltration of future 5G networks.

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Schiff Has ‘Profound Concern’ Over Huawei Role in 5G Networks

This morning, House Intel Chair Adam Schiff’s made news when he said he has “profound concern” about Huawei equipment being used in 5G network buildouts and that “Huawei is a national security threat” that “is not in a position to say ‘no’ to the Chinese government. It owes its existence and livelihood and future profitability to staying in the favor of the Chinese government.”

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5 Questions for T-Mobile/Sprint Execs At Today’s Hearing

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.

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.

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U.S. Tells Germany: Drop Huawei or See Intelligence Sharing Pared Back

Today, the Wall Street Journal reports that United States Ambassador to Germany Richard A. Grenell wrote to Germany’s economics minister making clear that the U.S. would not be able to maintain its current level of intelligence and information sharing with Germany if the country allows Huawei or other Chinese technologies to participate in its 5G build out.

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NEW: Protect America’s Wireless on FCC Stopping T-Mobile/Sprint Shot Clock Again

Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced it will pause the shot clock on the proposed T-Mobile/Sprint merger again. Protect America’s Wireless released the following statement:

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“U.S. officials: It’s China hacking that keeps us up at night”

Today’s Washington Post “Cybersecurity 202” highlights the unified message coming from NSA, FBI, and Department of Homeland Security officials at the RSA cybersecurity conference about the serious cyber threat that Chinese companies pose to the United States. According to this report, officials were “laser-focused” on the Chinese threat, which stands in contrast to the tendency of Washington political circles to focus more heavily on Russia as a digital security threat.

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Observer: “3 Things Americans—And Their Elected Leaders—Must Know About the Sprint/T-Mobile Deal”

On Friday, theObserver ran an article which clearly spells out “three areas where regulators, congressional officials, and the American public ought to probe further” before allowing the proposed T-Mobile/Sprint mega-merger to progress. The three areas include: job losses and price hikes, national security concerns, and the companies’ connections to Chinese telecom company Huawei, and T-Mobile’s parent company’s ties to Russia.

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Media Reports Highlight National Security Experts’ Huawei Warnings Around “New T-Mobile” At Capitol Hill Briefing This Week

This week, media reports highlighted new comments from national security experts including House Intel Chairman Mike Rogers, Rear Admiral (Ret.) David Simpson, and Truman National Security Project’s Bishop Garrison on the potential of Huawei’s integration into our telecommunications systems and how it relates to the T-Mobile/Sprint merger.

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“For Anyone Who Doesn’t Believe #Huawei Will get You Thoroughly Hacked By The Chinese Government...Just Read This”

This morning, Washington Post columnist Josh Rogin set the record straight on Huawei with a tweet confirming that the American is right to be concerned about a potential Huawei infiltration of United States networks.

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Newt Gingrich: "America in race against China — and the clock — to control future of tech"

In a new op-ed for Fox News, Newt Gingrich sounds the alarm on the already limited window the United States has to counter the push by Chinese telecom giants Huawei and ZTE to ‘win the future’ of communications technology.

In other words, as the world transitions to 5G and as T-Mobile/Sprint talk about their big plans to roll out 5G if their merger is successful, the time to take decisive action is now. Decisive action, Gingrich makes clear, does not and should not center on the concept of “becoming like China to beat China.” It means playing to our own strengths. It means calling on Sprint and T-Mobile to make specific, enforceable commitments to not use Huawei or ZTE technologies in their proposed 5G buildout if the “new T-Mobile” comes to fruition.

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ICYMI: Citing National Security Risks, Vermont Prohibits Government Use of Huawei Technology

Vermont is banning government use of Huawei technology, according to a report by Burlington Free Press. Governor Phil Scott’s Administration has issued a cybersecurity directive to ban state government agencies and IT vendors from using Huawei products.

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Post House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee Hearing, National Security Questions Remain for Sprint/T-Mobile Execs

This morning, Members of the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee convened to discuss the proposed Sprint/T-Mobile merger and question Sprint/T-Mobile executives on potential impacts if the transaction is approved.

Committee Members raised important questions regarding merger impacts on consumer prices, job losses, and rural broadband access, but critical national security questions still linger, specifically on Sprint, T-Mobile, and their parent companies’ entangled histories with Huawei and ZTE technologies.

After the hearing, Protect America’s Wireless released a list of questions for which T-Mobile/Sprint executives owe the American public answers.

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T-Mobile CEO John Legere's Testimony

Last night, Bloomberg reported T-Mobile CEO John Legere will tell lawmakers that the “new T-Mobile” will not use equipment from the Chinese telecom giant with a history of hacking and cyber espionage. But here’s what Mr. Legere is not saying about the “new T-Mobile” and Huawei.

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Former House Intelligence Committee Expert: “Huawei and ZTE Have No Place in Our Networks”

Today, Andy Keiser, former senior adviser to the House Intelligence Committee and fellow at the National Security Institute at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School, delivers a clear-as-day message in an op-ed for Morning ConsultHuawei and ZTE have no place in our networks. Despite the massive national security threats these telcom giants pose, T-Mobile, Sprint, and their parent companies refuse to commit to the American public not to use the Chinese companies in building 5G infrastructure if allowed to merge.

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Media Roundup: Senators’ National Security Concerns Dominate Yesterday’s 5G Hearing on Huawei and ZTE Technologies

Yesterday, the Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing on 5G deployment called “Winning the Race to 5G and the Next Era of Technology Innovation in the United States,” though the hearing focused less on the so-called ‘race to 5G’ and more on the national security concerns involving Huawei and ZTE technologies.

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Senate Commerce Committee Hearing On 5G Centers On National Security Concerns

Today, Protect America’s Wireless released the following statement on the Senate Commerce Committee hearing, “Winning the Race to 5G and the Next Era of Technology Innovation in the United States:"

“Many assumed today’s hearing would focus on the consumer benefits of 5G and the regulatory hurdles that must be overcome to hasten 5G deployment. But despite its title, today’s hearing was not as much about the ‘race to 5G’ but rather the threat from Huawei and ZTE."

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Bishop Garrison for Federal Times: “The Huawei threat is real. Congress should act accordingly.”

Today, Bishop Garrison, Interim Executive Director of Truman National Security Project and former Obama Administration official and Iraq war veteran, draws much-needed attention to the national security threats presented by Huawei and ZTE technologies as T-Mobile, Sprint, and their parent companies refuse to commit to the American public not to use the Chinese companies in building 5G infrastructure if allowed to merge. In Garrison's words, the Huawei threat is real.

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Protect America’s Wireless Statement on T-Mobile’s "Price Promise"

Today, news reports continue to highlight T-Mobile’s pledge that subscribers’ prices will not go up if the proposed mega-merger with Sprint is approved. USA Today’s Mike Snider notes, “T-Mobile CEO John Legere typically proposes deals to wireless consumers. Now he is offering one to the Federal Communications Commission.”

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National Security Experts Discuss Latest Huawei Concerns In T-Mobile/Sprint Merger

Today, a bipartisan group of national security experts gathered on a press call to unpack the national security concerns in the T-Mobile/Sprint merger, including the news of Deutsche Telekom’s declaration that a Huawei ban will hurt European deployment of 5G networks, reported this week.

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CNET: Foreign Policy & National Security Experts Voice Huawei Concerns in Context of T-Mobile/Sprint Merger

A new CNET piece, reported by Maggie Reardon, highlights what’s ahead for T-Mobile and Sprint executives as they head to Capitol Hill next month to attempt to defend their proposed mega-merger. T-Mobile CEO John Legere and Sprint Chairman Marcelo Claure should expect to answer significant questions about consumer pricing, competition and jobs, and national security concerns.

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T-Mobile Can’t Be Trusted To Develop 5G Without Huawei

Protect America’s Wireless released the following statement following Bloomberg’s report that T-Mobile’s parent company, Deutsche Telekom, is insistent on partnering with Huawei and is leading the charge against the efforts of European countries to stand up against Chinese cyber theft.

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Top Law Enforcement Officials Classify Huawei As Dire National Security Threat

Media reports from Washington PostReutersWall Street JournalBloomberg, and many more highlighted Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei’s 13 count federal indictment that charges the company and its Chief Financial Officer with bank and wire fraud, conspiracy to commit bank and wire fraud, and other charges.

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Criminal Charges Against Huawei

Protect America’s Wireless released the following statement on the news of the 13 count federal indictment that charges Huawei and the Chinese telecom giant’s Chief Financial Officer with bank and wire fraud, conspiracy to commit bank and wire fraud, and other charges.

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NYT: In All Out Push, U.S. and Allies Fight Against Huawei

This weekend, a New York Times report revealed the all-out push from a long list of nations, led by the United States, against Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei as the digital global community races to build 5G networks.

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As the Race to 5G Quickens, Tom Wheeler for NYT Argues Americans’ Security Has Fallen to Wayside

In an op-ed for the New York Times, Mr. Tom Wheeler, former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), argues national security has fallen to the wayside as global digital leaders, including the United States, begin to put action plans in place for 5G infrastructure.

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Protect America’s Wireless Asks T-Mobile CEO: Why Won’t You Address Security Threats of Deutsche Telekom’s Love Affair With Huawei?

After yesterday’s report from the Washington Post, Mr. Legere felt compelled to respond to the concerns in a tweet. Today, Protect America’s Wireless is posing a key question: why is Mr. Legere addressing these concerns, but turns a blind eye to the serious national security threats that Chinese telecom giant Huawei poses to Americans if used in the “new T-Mobile’s” 5G rollout?

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Breaking News: Federal Prosecutors Pursuing Huawei as Bipartisan Legislation Gains Momentum

Today, the Wall Street Journal broke that federal prosecutors are pursuing a criminal investigation of telecom giant Huawei for stealing trade secrets from United States business partners — including T-Mobile’s technology.

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Huawei vs. America's National Security Experts: Who will the “New T-Mobile” Trust?

Today, the Associated Press reports that Huawei founder and former Chinese military engineer Ren Zhengfei claims his company “would refuse to disclose secrets about its customers and their communication networks” and that there is no correlation between his personal Communist beliefs and Huawei’s commercial decisions.

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Bloomberg: “China’s Digital Silk Road Is Looking More Like an Iron Curtain”

By laying out the U.S. and China’s central roles in a global push to the digital future that is well underway, Bloomberg addresses the very real threats of what the implementation of Chinese Huawei and ZTE technologies could mean for the national security of impacted countries and the future of technology on a global level.

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WaPo: “List of countries with espionage fears about Huawei is growing — fast”

This weekend, the Washington Post underscored the fears held by the global digital community about Huawei’s dangerous track record of cyber espionage. It’s no wonder the telecom giant is “attracting growing scrutiny internationally.” A long and furiously growing list of countries want nothing to do with Huawei, especially when it comes to building 5G infrastructure.

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Reports Reveal Huawei Employee Charged With Espionage

Today, media reports confirm that an employee of Chinese tech giant Huawei has been charged with spying on behalf of China. The Washington Post highlights how the arrest further solidifies the United States’ long demonstrated suspicion of the technology sold by Huawei.

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Norway Poised to Ban Huawei from 5G Infrastructure

Today, Reuters reports that Norway joins a long list of countries fearful of the impacts of Huawei technology on national security and is considering excluding Huawei from building part of its 5G infrastructure.

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New Video Highlights History Sprint and T-Mobile Investors Can’t Erase: Huawei & ZTE

T-Mobile and Sprint executives are presenting to investors at the Citi 2019 Global TMT West Conference. Ahead of the event, Protect America’s Wireless released a video to shed light on the companies’ history enabling Huawei and ZTE footholds across the globe.

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ICYMI from the Headlines: “Huawei Still Scrutinized Over Sprint Ties As T-Mobile Merger Moves On”

Former State Department Chief of Staff David Wade and Scott Mulhauser, former Chief of Staff at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, became the latest voices to call on the two network operators to provide legal assurances to the federal government that, if allowed to merge, they will not use Huawei technology while deploying 5G. As of now, no such assurances exist, meaning that with a Sprint and T-Mobile merger, national security could be undermined as Americans far and wide could be exposed to spying and hacking.

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Morning Consult Op-Ed Highlights Need For New Congress To Look Into Foreign Policy Concerns in T-Mobile/Sprint Merger

Morning Consult published an op-ed by Scott Mulhauser and David Wade, which highlighted the national security concerns of the proposed T-Mobile/Sprint merger. Despite a reported green light from CFIUS, there is no evidence that ensures that Sprint and T-Mobile’s ties to Huawei won’t leave millions of Americans vulnerable to cyber espionage.

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Protect America’s Wireless Statement on Report of CFIUS Approval of T-Mobile-Sprint Merger

Today’s CFIUS decision raises as many questions as it answers, and T-Mobile and Sprint remain unwilling to answer those questions. This proposed merger requires a robust debate about our national security and foreign policy interests. The American people deserve a seat at the table for that debate. In a global economy and a dangerous world, a merger that purports to be America’s pathway to 5G requires intense scrutiny, especially when it relies on so much foreign investment.

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Conservative Thought Leader in Forbes: “Huawei's (And China's) Dangerous High-Tech Game”

In a new op-ed in Forbes, Arthur Herman, Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute and Director of the Quantum Alliance Initiative, detailed the practices of Huawei, and sounded the alarm on the risks they pose to America’s national security interests. The greatest and most immediate concern is Huawei’s role in the Sprint and T-Mobile merger. Sprint has historically used Huawei equipment in their networks, and despite the telecom giant being deemed a threat by Congress, Sprint refuses to say whether or not they still have Huawei in their infrastructure. In 2017, Softbank, majority owner of Sprint, signed agreements to use Huawei in part of their 5G rollout.

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DIVERSE PARTIES OPPOSE T-MOBILE-SPRINT MERGER

Diverse parties oppose the T-Mobile/Sprint merger. Check out which companies and organizations are against the merger:

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Conservative Opinion Leader Weighs in with Blockbuster Warning on T-Mobile/Sprint Merger

On the heels of the arrest of Huawei’s, The Federalist’s Kevin Currie sounds the alarm on T-Mobile and Sprint’s ties to Huawei, and the mounting concerns about the threat the proposed merger causes to our national security.

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Fact Checking T-Mobile’s CFO: “Extraordinary Measures” = Silence on Huawei

T-Mobile CFO Braxton Carter told investors and executives from Sprint and T-Mobile, “We are extremely respectful of the process and we've taken extraordinary measures to non-politicize this process.” In reality, T-Mobile has taken extraordinary measures to avoid answering accusations that the merger is a national security risk. T-Mobile remains silent about Huawei.

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AP: Huawei chief financial officer arrested in Canada, faces possible extradition to United States

Justice Department spokesman Ian McLeod said Meng Wanzhou was detained in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Saturday. Meng is a prominent member of Chinese society as deputy chairman of the board and the daughter of company founder Ren Zhengfei.

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“Smoking Saw” Must be Final Straw for Softbank and Sprint

CIA Director Gina Haspel gave a closed briefing to leaders of several U.S. Senate committees on the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. As they emerged from the briefing, outraged senators told reporters the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s (MBS) involvement in the murder was proven beyond a shadow of a doubt.

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Protect America’s Wireless Releases Statement on T-Mobile/Sprint Merger

David Wade, former State Department Chief of Staff and spokesman for Protect America’s Wireless released the following statement on the national security concerns in the proposed T-Mobile/Sprint merger ahead of the Federal Communications Commission’s comment deadline today.

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Bloomberg: Spy Boss Says U.K. Must Decide If Huawei Suitable for 5G Network

The U.K. is coming under increasing pressure to restrict Huawei after New Zealand, Australia and the U.S. banned the company. While the U.K. has already barred another telecoms provider, ZTE Corp, Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright has yet to rule on Huawei.

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