Oregon will join a multi-state lawsuit to block a merger between T-Mobile and Sprint, announced Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum on Monday.
In a press release, Rosenblum pointed out that T-Mobile and Sprint are the third- and fourth-largest wireless providers in the U.S.
“The Oregon Department of Justice’s antitrust team brings strong antitrust expertise and experience to the multi-state legal team,” the press release stated. “As a state with major metropolitan centers and rural areas, and a diverse economy, geography, and population, Oregon reflects the widespread nature of the harm that is likely to result from the anti-competitive merger of T-Mobile and Sprint.”
The suit already includes California, Texas, New York, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia.
“It’s important that Oregon join other states in opposing the Sprint-T-Mobile merger,” the attorney general said. “If left unchallenged, the current plan will result in reduced access to affordable wireless service in Oregon — and higher prices. Neither is acceptable.”
“Oregon’s addition to our lawsuit keeps our momentum going, and ensures that there isn’t a single region of this country that doesn’t oppose this anti-competitive mega-merger,” said New York Attorney General Letitia James, according to Central Oregon’s KTVZ. “We welcome Attorney General Rosenblum to our 16-member coalition that now includes states representing almost half of the U.S. population.
Currently, T-Mobile has more than 79 million subscribers, and it’s a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom AG. Sprint has more than 54 million subscribers, and is a subsidiary of SoftBank Group Corp.
– By Anthony Thompson