Telecom companies increasingly falling under government scrutiny

Many mergers over past decade have included restrictive security agreements

The U.S. government is keeping a close eye on the telecom industry amid controversy about government-monitored communications.

For more than a decade, the merger approval process has served as a way for the government to boost its oversight over telecom companies. The key: increasingly restrictive security agreements between telecom companies and national security agencies that are worked into deals. The agreements are designed to stave off network breaches and allow the government to monitor communications and access companies’ systems upon request.

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