As the Race to 5G Quickens, Americans’ Security Has Fallen to Wayside

For Immediate Release: January 22, 2019
Press Contact: Liz Doherty at [email protected]


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

Sprint & T-Mobile Turn Blind Eye to National Security in 5G Rollout


Washington, D.C. – 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.

No one is more guilty of turning a blind eye to national security than Sprint and T-Mobile in working towards a proposed mega-merger.

Mr. Wheeler aptly notes, “Leadership in 5G technology is not just about building a network, but also about whether that network will be secure enough for the innovations it promises.”

The “new T-Mobile” provides no assurances that they’ll prioritize national security, namely by committing to the American public they will not use Huawei technologies in their proposed 5G rollout. That’s wrong. It’s also downright scary. Read Mr. Wheeler’s op-ed in its entirety HERE.

More voices of opposition are joining a choir that has become deafening. Mr. Wheeler’s op-ed, for instance, comes on the heels of a research report put out by the well-known Wall Street firm BTIG which put the chance of merger approval at less than 40%.

BTIG LLC analyst Walter Piecyk said:

We still believe there is less than a 40% chance of approval of the Sprint acquisition, as proposed. While we respect a difference of opinion of our peers that initially cited higher probabilities, we find there to be no merit in more recent views that argue that somehow these probabilities have increased or decreased since the deal was announced. We were hopeful to gain some indications from the words and actions of regulators in the first 45 days of 2019, but the government shutdown may have delayed that process as well.

Additional Merger Opposition Resources:

Fierce Wireless: Momentum for T-Mobile, Sprint merger slows amid new controversy

Washington Post: T-Mobile announced a merger needing Trump administration approval. The next day, 9 executives had reservations at Trump’s hotel.

Axios: T-Mobile-Sprint deal faces mounting opposition

Light Reading: Darkness Gathers Over T-Mobile/Sprint Merger

Kansas City Star: Sprint, T-Mobile merger ‘presumptively unlawful’ says union, consumers, telecom group

The Hill: Groups push House Dems to spotlight T-Mobile-Sprint merger

Bloomberg: T-Mobile Tweaks Sprint Deal Rationale as Opponents See Problems

Axios: Groups stoke opposition to merger of T-Mobile and Sprint