The justice department moved to block the $39B merger of AT&T with T-Mobile on the grounds that it would harm competition.
An idiotic standpoint to take considering government previously allowed each digital mobile phone network provider to lock out the otherwise open GSM standard (designed to provide roaming across competitors) through SIM card locking to being used only by its own handsets (I stated my case before).
Kind of like allowing Apple computers to only connect with other Apple users over the Internet, and Windows users only with other Windows users. The free-market principles of the mobile phone business have been violated from the start, with the government standing by idle and consumers having suffered the consequence of proprietary and dim cell phone coverage for many years.
What idiotic government does not understand is that SIM card locking, a seemingly small tactical implementation had a detrimental effect on the creation of free-market competition that would have allowed many smaller GSM mobile phone providers to give the wealthy incumbent a run for its money, and have allowed for better consumer value some twenty years ago.
Rather than blocking the merger between AT&T and T-mobile, government should have moved to block the locking of SIM cards so before or after the merger with AT&T any new GSM provider has a fair chance of competing on core competency: providing sublime network access to anybody who needs it.
We need smarter government if we want our country to prosper again.