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Top T-Mobile and Sprint executives defend merger to Democrats

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Sprint executive chairman Marcelo Claure (L) and T-Mobile CEO John Legere. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Executives from T-Mobile and Sprint defended their merger during a Wednesday hearing from critics who say that the $26 billion deal will cost customers more money and employees their jobs.

Why it matters: With Democrats in control of the House, the deal — which the companies argue will help America keep pace with foreign competitors on 5G — is under more scrutiny.

Key GOP senator: There are "synergies" in T-Mobile's Sprint deal

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Senate Majority Whip John Thune (R-S.D.) said at an Axios event on Wednesday that he saw the logic behind T-Mobile's planned purchase of Sprint, while also acknowledging the importance of competition in wireless technology.

Why it matters: Top executives from the two companies will be grilled by the Democratic-led House Energy and Commerce Committee about the deal later on Wednesday morning.

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