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Tara Lachapelle

Wireless Customers Won't Be Thanking Donald Trump

The FCC, Justice Department and now a federal judge have all thrown their support behind T-Mobile’s competition-killing merger with Sprint.

If T-Mobile’s wireless deal with Sprint isn’t anticompetitive, what is?

If T-Mobile’s wireless deal with Sprint isn’t anticompetitive, what is?

Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg

A U.S. judge has ruled in favor of T-Mobile US Inc.’s deal for Sprint Corp., joining President Donald Trump’s competition regulators in their perplexing move to approve a merger that has the potential to go down in history as among the most harmful to American consumers.  

District Court Judge Victor Marrero issued his decision Tuesday morning, handing a surprise victory to T-Mobile and Sprint. News reports will call it a blow to the group of state attorneys general who brought the lawsuit to try to stop the merger, but it’s a bigger blow to wireless-phone customers. They  may see plan prices creep up as a consequence of a more concentrated industry to be dominated by the new T-Mobile, AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc., even though the judge wasn’t convinced that would be the case.