MHVille Exclusive – Democrats Senators Sign Anti-Competitive Practices Letter to DoJ, Plus MH Market Updates

CNNmone2.13.2019ManufacturedHomeStocksMarketsReportsMHProNewsSome power-readers of the Daily Business News on MHProNews have effectively said, ‘you need to be blunt in telling your readers how often you raise issues that no one else in manufactured housing trade media raises.’  Others have expressed this notion, ‘your wheat and chaff’ and sourcing across the aisle are common-sense principles your competitors lack.’  Yes, we have our political favorites whose policies make sense for America and our industry. MHProNews also has those whose policies – policies, not personalities – routinely are problematic for MHVille

That said, the Democratic U.S. Senators who signed letters obtained by MHProNews will be of interest for industry readers who look beyond the headlines at details that could prove useful for industry independents and investors. Those two Democratic letters are our featured report this evening.

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Senator Richard Blumenthal’s (CT-D) office provided the Daily Business News on MHProNews with two letters that on the surface may not seem to matter to our industry.

But a closer look will tell industry leaders that these policy stances – if implemented – could be a boon to manufactured housing independents, possible newcomers, and almost all save the monopolists.

The topic is the proposed merger between Sprint and T-Mobile.  This matters to MHVille because of the principles involved, as a close reading of what follows will reveal.  Keep in mind the report on MHLivingNews that cited Senator Elizabeth Warren’s legal rationale for why antitrust action could be initiated without new legislation. That report, is linked via the text/image box below. That report, could be significant for manufactured housing – if and when regulators bring action in MHVille.


Who Will Act? Will Senator Elizabeth Warren, and/or the Trump Administration Act to Restore Open Markets, Thereby Supporting Affordable Manufactured Homes? –

variation of a Texas maxim. Seeking bipartisanship can be dangerous, as the dark humor noted above reminds readers. But let’s risk finding common ground for the next few minutes. Affordable homes ought to be a non-partisan or bi-partisan issue. The topic of this column, properly understood, is likewise a non-partisan challenge that at least on paper enjoys bi-partisan support.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Senators express staunch opposition to merger that would “lead to job losses and harm workers around the country” and bring “higher monthly bills for consumers.

Senators urge the Department of Justice & the Federal Communications Commission to reject the merger, warning that approval would be a sharp blow to competition” and undermine innovation.”

[WASHINGTON, DC] – Expressing their staunch opposition to the proposed merger between T-Mobile and Sprint, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) led eight colleagues today in writing to the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Antitrust Division and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), urging DOJ and FCC to reject the proposal. The merger islikely to raise prices for consumers, harm workers, stifle competition, exacerbate the digital divide, and undermine innovation,” wrote the senators in letters to Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim and FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. In the letter to Delrahim, the senators urged DOJ to seek an injunction to block the merger. The two letters were co-signed by U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Tom Udall (D-NM), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Edward J. Markey (D-MA).

For more than 30 years, our enforcers have understood that fostering robust competition in telecommunications markets is the best way to provide every American with access to high-quality, cutting-edge communications at a reasonable price.  This merger will turn the clock back, returning Americans to the dark days of heavily consolidated markets and less competition, with all of the resulting harms,” wrote the senators in both letters. “Our enforcement officials are the last line of defense preventing reconsolidation of our telecommunications markets at the expense of American consumers. We urge you to act to prevent this dangerous merger from proceeding.”

Consumer advocates, economists and small wireless carriers have warned that a T-Mobile-Sprint merger would increase market consolidation. The merger would result in just three competitors—down from four—covering the wireless market. This would be “a sharp blow to competition in the telecommunications industry,”wrote the senators, warning that as a result of the merger, three remaining members of this exclusive club will have every incentive to shut the door on new members, happily divide the market, and collect ever-rising monthly rents from wireless subscribers with few real alternatives.”

We are deeply concerned that the merger of Sprint and T-Mobile in particular will eliminate competition that has been shown to benefit consumers and stifle the emergence of new carriers,”the senators added.

For nearly a decade, DOJ and the FCC have acted vigorously to protect competition in the mobile market through blocking and discouraging four-to-three mergers. In 2011, DOJ acted decisively to reject AT&T’s proposed merger with T-Mobile and, according to news reports, T-Mobile and Sprint abandoned previous merger plans after conversations with federal regulators.“History has proven that those were the right decisions,”wrote the senators in both letters.

Consumers have “benefited from increased innovation and price competition” brought by a four-carrier market, as exemplified by the fierce competition of T-Mobile and Sprint. The T-Mobile-Sprint merger would undo these benefits and likely lead to higher monthly bills for consumers” and “lead to job losses and harm workers around the country,” wrote the senators in their letter to the FCC. According to one expert study, consumers would see their monthly bills increase at least 9% for post-paid plans and 10% for pre-paid plans. The proposed merger would also lead to reduced wages and kill jobs – as many as 30,000 jobs according to the Communications Workers of America.

If this merger is approved, the rising cost of wireless services will be borne most heavily by low-income consumers and vulnerable seniors who can least afford it. At least one study has concluded that this merger will dramatically increase consolidation in the prepaid market,” wrote the senators. Because low-income consumers disproportionately rely on the prepaid wireless market, these communities will suffer the most, despite being the very communities that our antitrust laws should most vigorously protect.”

In their letter, the senators also called into question claims that the merger is needed to build out 5G networks. “T-Mobile’s and Sprint’s sudden claims that neither can create a competitive 5G network separately flies in the face of announcements, disclosures, and marketing to consumers and investors over the past two years,” wrote the senators.  “Not only do each of these companies have their own path forward to achieving 5G coverage, but the financial details of this deal and the technical challenges of building a 5G network suggest that the New T-Mobile is unlikely to meaningfully speed up the deployment of nationwide 5G.”

The full text of today’s letters are available here: Letter to FCC and Letter to DOJ.

— End of statement from Senator Blumenthal’s office. —


Video on Same Topic Democratic Hopefuls Push Back on Deal

Eight Democratic senators are opposing a deal to merge T-Mobile and Sprint, states Watchit. The group of senators called on the FCC and Justice Department to block the merger because it will likely raise prices for consumers. But the group of senatorial colleagues have another thing in common, many are presidential candidates. The group, including Amy Klobuchar, Kirsten Gillibrand, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and Cory Booker, signed letters for the FCC and the Justice Department. The letters come just before the first of two oversight hearings on Capitol Hill regarding the merger.

It should be noted that the Trump Administration, including the president himself and his 2020 campaign manager, Brad Parscale, have raised their own antitrust issues.  Some examples of those are linked in related reports, below.

Time will tell what, if anything, occurs in the way of antitrust action on firms such as Berkshire Hathaway and their subsidiaries in manufactured housing.  What is beyond question to careful watchers is that compared to prior 8 – some would say 16 years – before the Trump Administration, there is more antitrust talk in the air.


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NOTE: Drew changed its name and trading symbol at the end of 2016 to Lippert (LCII).



Berkshire Hathaway is the parent company to Clayton Homes, 21st Mortgage, Vanderbilt Mortgage and other factory built housing industry suppliers.

LCI Industries, Patrick, UFPI and LP all supply manufactured housing.

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