Mobile monopoly?

Communications Workers of America (CWA) is denouncing last month’s decision by the Trump Justice Department to allow a takeover by T-Mobile of its rival Sprint, which would leave Americans just three wireless providers to choose from: AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile.

CWA says T-Mobile and Sprint have a long history of labor law violations, and the merger will eliminate 30,000 U.S. jobs when T-Mobile shuts down duplicate retail stores and consolidates back-office functions.

Justice Department lawyers earlier said the merger would make it easier for the three remaining carriers to coordinate pricing, with the result that American consumers collectively would pay billions more each year for wireless service.

The merger could still be stopped: 15 state attorneys general (including Oregon’s) have filed suit in federal court to block it.

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