As National Security Concerns Soar, Sprint Execs Should Put Down the Bubble Wrap and Provide Answers

For Immediate Release: November 19, 2018
Contact: Regan Page at regan@npstrategygroup.com

 

As National Security Concerns Soar, Sprint Execs Should Put Down the Bubble Wrap and Provide Answers

 

Washington, D.C. – Even as criticism of the proposed T-Mobile/Sprint merger grows, Sprint executives have placed their Kansas City homes on the market in anticipation of moving to a new corporate home. Sprint’s executives are ignoring the growing national security concerns and continue to move forward without any regard for potential harm the proposed merger will cause.

Just last week, the FCC accepted a new round of comments from organizations who are expressing concern over the proposed merger. As the FCC prepares to restart the shot clock on December 4th, both T-Mobile and Sprint continue to ignore key national security questions.

In just the past week, Australia, the U.S., and Germany have decided to ban Huawei after reports surfaced of the Chinese government using Huawei tech to hack into and spy on foreign networks. Notably, Sprint executives have stayed mum on the topic of Huawei and ZTE, another technology provider connected to Chinese intelligence, despite their calls for open and transparent conversation.

While Sprint and T-Mobile clearly hope to distract and deflect from all raised Huawei and ZTE concerns before the anticipated early 2019 closure,we’d caution anyone from getting too attached to that date. Former Congressman Mike Rogers, Former Chair of the House Intelligence Agency and man who literallywrote the book (report, technically)on national security issue posed by using Huawei equipment in US networks, has called for full thorough examination of the deal by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. Rogers calls it“absolutely naive” to not pay attention to the serious threats the merger raises.

With the mountain of evidence against this merger growing larger by the day, we advise Sprint execs to stop the real estate shot clock.

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