Pennsylvania attorney general Josh Shapiro is the last state attorney general who opposes the T-Mobile Sprint merger. Today, Shapiro announced that he will join a lawsuit to block the “megacast” of telecommunications giants, making him the eighteenth general prosecutor to challenge the deal.
In July, the Department of Justice approved the $ 26.5 billion offer from T-Mobile to merge with Sprint, on the condition that it sells part of its business to Dish Network. And the president of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, approved the agreement. But the opposition of so many attorney generals could pose a legitimate threat.
State attorney generals fear that the merger harms competition, increases cellular service prices, results in a loss of retail jobs and lower wages for remaining employees. “The merger between T-Mobile and Sprint would severely undermine competition in the telecommunications sector, which would harm Pennsylvania consumers by increasing prices, limiting coverage and decreasing quality,” Shapiro said in a statement.
In addition to Pennsylvania, the other states seeking to block the merger include New York, California, Texas, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, Oregon, Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia . Sprint declined to comment, and T-Mobile did not immediately respond to Engadget’s request for comments.