Letting Sprint Buy T-Mobile Will Fix Broadband Competition, According To Sprint Chairman


(Will Middelaer) (Will Middelaer) Yesterday at the Code Conference, Sprint chairman Masayoshi Son spoke about the (terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad) state of internet service in the United States. But there was a distinctly self-serving undercurrent to Son’s speech.

As GigaOm reports, the clear implication behind Son’s “well-received” speech was that regulators should be happy to bless a merger of Sprint and T-Mobile, because then there will be valid competition to the internet-controlling juggernaut that Comcast is lined up to become if and when it acquires Time Warner Cable.

Son has worked this angle before, and Comcast too is happy to claim that mobile broadband is true competition for their internet offerings.

But just because a bunch of people say the same thing over and over doesn’t make it true. We’ve been down this path before. Mobile broadband is still too expensive, too inconsistent, and…

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