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View Diary: Will FCC Chairman Genachowski Allow More Job Destruction in a T-Mobile/MetroPCS Merger? (7 comments)

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    AT&T-T-Mo would have ensured that any prospect of this country having four national networks, like, say, Great Britain, would have been out the window, and at the time there were real fears for Sprint's survival so there were fears that we'd be down to two networks and a duopoly.

    So the Obama Justice Department objected to it, and it was blocked accordingly.

    The big development since then is that Sprint has acquired a huge amount of spectrum and really gotten their act together financially, and we now have three national networks with the possibility of a fourth.

    The real issue, for me, isn't the FCC.  It's the continued assault on unions in general — the Republican-induced paralysis at NLRB, the continued existence of the Taft-Hartley Act, individual states deciding that even Taft-Hartley "right-to-work (for less)" provisions aren't sufficient, and so on.

    Allowing "T" to merge with T-Mobile would have been great for the employees of that particular company, but the bigger picture for the rest of us wouldn't have been so hot; no solution to worker rights in general, Sprint in a much more difficult position for finding partners and new financing, and phone rates through the roof.

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