Dish Won't Save T-Mobile-Sprint Deal, Economists Tell DOJ

Law360 (October 10, 2019, 4:17 PM EDT) -- A group of economists Thursday accused the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division of shirking its principles by clearing T-Mobile's purchase of Sprint conditioned on a divestiture to Dish they say has little chance of preserving competition.

The deal to sell Sprint's prepaid mobile business to Dish, in the hopes that the satellite company will be able to establish itself as a fill-in national wireless provider alongside the newly merged giant as well as AT&T and Verizon, is not enough to protect competition, said the academics from New York University, Northeastern, Georgetown and the University of Utah. The economists' warning was...

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