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Dish Network discusses opposition to Sprint-T-Mobile U.S. merger, according to FCC file

Tomi Kilgore

Dish Network Corp. has talked this week with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission about its opposition of the merger of Sprint Corp. and T-Mobile U.S. Inc. , according to a FCC filing. In a letter to FCC Secretary Marlene Dortch, Jeffrey Blum, senior vice president of public policy and government affairs for Dish, summarized a June 11 meeting with the FCC and certain officials of the Department of Justice's antitrust division. "During the meeting, Dish discussed its opposition to the proposed merger of Sprint and T-Mobile as currently constructed," Blum wrote. "Consistent with its filings in the above-captioned proceeding, DISH explained the need for a minimum of four nationwide mobile network operators (MNOs). DISH also discussed the impact of the proposed merger on DISH's market entry and its wireless buildout plans." The proposed merger has faced scrutiny since it wasannounced in April 2018. Dish's stock was little changed in midday trading Friday, while shares of both Sprint and T-Mobile slipped 0.2% and the S&P 500 fell 0.3%.