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MetroPCS Announces Regulatory Period Expires For Government Agencies To Delay Merger

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A late Tuesday evening press release from MetroPCS announced the waiting period for the Hart-Scott-Rodino act had expired. The waiting period offers regulatory agencies the opportunity to delay the merger between MetroPCS and T-Mobile by having the companies continue to answer questions surrounding the proposed combination. The HSR Antitrust Improvement Act of 1976 provides that parties will not complete mergers until after they have submitted detailed filings with the Federal Trade Commission and … [read full article]

House Democrats Ask FCC To Press T-Mobile/MetroPCS To Keep Jobs As Approval Condition

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A number of House Democrats are urging the FCC to make sure that T-Mobile will accept steps designed to protect jobs as a condition of FCC approval. In a letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, 62 House Democrats urged they would work against “another consolidation of two companies that leads to reduction of American jobs.” The letter further asked the FCC to force T-Mobile to commit to “preserving US jobs” before signing off … [read full article]

White House Formally Responds To Phone Unlocking Petition, Calls For Changes In Law

The White House has just issued a formal response to the 110,000 plus signature supporting a consumer’s right to unlock their phone after the completion of your existing contract. Responding to the petition on whitehouse.gov, the executive branch states: “The White House agrees with the 114,000+ of you who believe that consumers should be able to unlock their cell phones without risking criminal or other penalties.” That’s not all, the statement goes … [read full article]

FCC Chairman Says They Will Investigate Phone Unlocking Ban

As the law banning phone unlocking enters into another month, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski told TechCrunch will investigate the DMCA decision. The FCC will work to find if the ban is harmful to the competitive nature of the industry and whether or not the executive branch has any authority to effect change. The “ban raises competition concerns; it raises innovation concerns,” FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said last night at a TechCrunch CrunchGov … [read full article]

MetroPCS, T-Mobile Merger To Be Reviewed By Justice Department, FBI

In a fairly standard move, the US Department of Justice along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation have filed a request with the FCC pertaining to the T-Mobile, MetroPCS merger. Both government entities have asked the FCC to “defer action,” or have asked them to delay their decision in order for both parties to decide if the deal has any “national security, law enforcement, and public safety issues.” They’ve asked the FCC … [read full article]

T-Mobile USA, MetroPCS File Formal Documents With FCC Seeking Merger Approval

In a formal move with the FCC, T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS submitted official papers on October 18th seeking approval for their anticipated merger. According to the FCC filing, the companies will send similar documents to US antitrust authorities, specifically the Department of Justice at a later date. The new company will have 42.5 million customers according to the most recent data, or about 11.7% … [read full article]

T-Mobile, AT&T File Application With FCC For Spectrum Swap

The FCC announced yesterday that AT&T and T-Mobile have filed an application to swap PCS (1900 MHz) licenses and one AWS (1700 MHz) license. According to the report, the two companies would exchange equal amounts of spectrum in 35 markets with AT&T gaining spectrum in 12 markets. In another 8 markets, T-Mobile would gain 5-10 MHz of PCS spectrum. Along with that, T-Mobile would pick up another 10 MHz of AWS spectrum covering … [read full article]