Dish Network and T-Mobile are reportedly in talks about a possible merger, a move motivated by Dish’s recent acquisition of wireless broadband spectrum at the AWS-3 spectrum auction. Dish and T-Mobile’s potential consolidation poses significant detriments to consumers, wireless service providers and the government, when placed in the larger context of Dish’s potentially anticompetitive behavior. To understand T-Mobile’s interest in Dish is to understand how Dish got access to its latest swath of spectrum.
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About the authors:
Jessica Lowman is a research intern at the American Consumer Institute and an economics student at George Mason University, and Steve Pociask is president at the American Consumer Institute. For more information about the Institute, visit www.theamericanconsumer.org.