T-Mobile CEO John Legere (L) speaks as Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure looks on at the New York Stock Exchange, April 30, 2018.
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As FCC chair in the 1990s I opposed mergers in radio, among Baby Bells, and later between T-Mobile and AT&T. In 2014, I declined to help Sprint buy T-Mobile. But when this time around Sprint asked if I would advise them on how to close their acquisition by T-Mobile I said, absolutely yes.
The reason is that the demands of technological progress have changed remarkably in a few short years. With the conditions imposed by the federal and state governments including limits on consumer prices and job preservation, the new company and its competitors will help cause the long-awaited convergence of computing and communications necessary to stimulate new economic growth and produce new ways for society to benefit from technology.
For decades communications and computing industries have had only limited relationships to each other. Even today for…