T-Mobile enemy Dish could help save the T-Mobile/Sprint merger

T-Mobile enemy Dish could help save the T-Mobile/Sprint merger

Enlarge / A field service specialist for Dish Network prepares to install a satellite TV system at a residence in Denver, Colorado, on Aug. 6, 2013. (credit: Getty Images | Bloomberg)

T-Mobile US and Sprint are reportedly near a deal to sell spectrum, wholesale network access, and Sprint’s Boost Mobile subsidiary to Dish as part of an attempt to gain government approval of their merger. But US antitrust officials reportedly want bigger concessions before they’ll approve the T-Mobile/Sprint combination.

T-Mobile’s purchase of Sprint would leave the US with three instead of the current four major wireless carriers. The Department of Justice, which could sue to block the deal, has apparently pushed T-Mobile to make divestitures that would set up a fourth major carrier to replace Sprint. That has left T-Mobile negotiating with Dish, which opposed the T-Mobile/Sprint merger. The companies’ feud is a two-way street, with T-Mobile repeatedly criticizing Dish

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T-Mobile/Sprint merger faces big test as nine states sue to block it

T-Mobile/Sprint merger faces big test as nine states sue to block it

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Nine states and the District of Columbia today filed a lawsuit against T-Mobile and Sprint in an attempt to stop the wireless carriers from merging.

New York Attorney General Letitia James and California AG Xavier Becerra are leading the way, with co-plaintiffs from Colorado, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

“When it comes to corporate power, bigger isn’t always better,” James said in an announcement of the lawsuit. “The T-Mobile and Sprint merger would not only cause irreparable harm to mobile subscribers nationwide by cutting access to affordable, reliable wireless service for millions of Americans, but would particularly affect lower-income and minority communities here in New York and in urban areas across the country. That’s why we are going to court to stop this merger and protect our consumers, because this is exactly the sort of consumer-harming, job-killing

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FCC Chairman is Cool With T-Mobile-Sprint Merger (Updated)

FCC Chairman is Cool With T-Mobile-Sprint Merger (Updated)


T-Mobile and Sprint haven’t given up on an attempted merger, even as antitrust officials have raised concerns and they’ve had to push their deadline back. Their plans got a boost today, thanks to FCC chairman Ajit Pai, who weighed in with his approval, suggesting that T-Mobile and Sprint have committed to “significant steps” in order to help make America a wireless leader.

Pai released a statement saying that because T-Mobile and Sprint have committed to covering almost the entire country with 5G over the next three years (97% of the population), increasing buildout of their mid-band spectrum holdings, creating another home broadband choice for rural customers who don’t have many, and selling off Boost, Sprint’s prepaid brand, he is willing to recommend an approval. 

He notes that if they fail to meet these commitments, T-Mobile and Sprint would “suffer serious consequences” that amount to billions of dollars in payments … Read the rest

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T-Mobile and Sprint Push Back Merger Deadline

T-Mobile and Sprint Push Back Merger Deadline


With the T-Mobile-Sprint merger in trouble, the deadline for completion has been pushed back to July 29. The US Justice Department still has not decided whether or not to approve it, so T-Mobile filed an extension with the SEC today.

Makan Delrahim, the head of the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division, said that he had not made up his mind on if he’d approve the deal that would merge the 3rd and 4th largest wireless carriers in the US. He noted that they had requested new data from the companies, so T-Mobile and Sprint obviously need more time to get that together and possibly run through another set of meetings.

T-Mobile and Sprint believe that the two combined would help them quickly rollout the best 5G network, compete better with Verizon and AT&T, create jobs, and keep wireless prices low. The US government is still trying to figure out … Read the rest

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