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

For Immediate Release: February 13, 2019
Press Contact: Regan Page at regan@npstrategygroup.com

 

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

 

Washington, D.C. — 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:

  1. Can the “new T-Mobile” commit that that they, as well as their parent companies, Deutsche Telekom and SoftBank, will not use Huawei technology in the United States or around the world?
     
  2. Does building out 5G infrastructure at a lower cost, for example, radios, offset the price the United States will pay from a national security standpoint? What about the national security of our allies?
     
  3. More than 40 percent of Deutsche Telekom’s profits come from T-Mobile in North America.  If Deutsche Telekom  want U.S. permission to merge and grow these profits shouldn’t you agree to remove Huawei equipment from your networks worldwide?
     
  4. What’s more important in the “race to 5G”: rushing Huawei built gear to U.S. consumers or ensuring the US and our allies set secure 5G standards and win the technology development race?
     
  5. How do you justify the cost of 5G deployment vis a vis higher bills to rural subscribers who will never benefit from “truly 5G” speeds provided by small cell sites in urban areas?

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