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 to refrain from taking action, whether approving or striking down the merger until they can complete their own reviews. The FCC is now on day 33 of its 180-day shot clock review, and did not signal if they would halt their review or wait for the other agencies to complete their reviews before rendering their decision.

The Department of Justice (“DOJ”), including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), with the concurrence of the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”), requests that the Federal Communications Commission (“Commission”) defer action on the above-referenced matter. DOJ, DHS, and FBI (“the Agencies”) are currently reviewing this matter for any national security, law enforcement, and public safety issues but have not yet completed that effort. We therefore request that the Commission defer action until such time as the Agencies notify the Commission of the completion of their review and, based on the results of such review, request appropriate action by the Commission.

DOJ, FBI, and DHS will advise the Commission promptly upon completion of our review.

Phonescoop via FCC

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  • ski309

    “national security, law enforcement, and public safety issues”? wtf?

    • Standard stuff, it’s owned by an international body which is partially owned by the German government.

      • Richard Yarrell

        Very true normal proceedings. This merger would be fine.

    • bob90210

      The FBI is there to make sure the CEOs of T-Mobile and MetroPCS are not sleeping with any socialites.

    • NinoBr0wn

      Little known fact** Bin Laden was using a MetroPCS Galaxy S3 in his compound.

      **Facts may or may not be in fact, factual.

      • zacamandapio

        How did he get it before its release?

  • Rolland

    Red tape

  • pholocity

    @google-eeb069851fd11250fa4fcf5e0fb779ff:disqus cuz it is owned by zee germans

  • wut

    Sprint did it.

  • BigMixxx

    FBI? FBI? FBI?
    NSA but why FBI. Or is the NSA asking the FBI to do the investigation.
    DoJ, typical.
    AND how does this pose a security threat vs. Japan’s Softbank investment in Sprint. Does T mobile or Metro have any strong contracts with the US government or some part of the government that has no three letter acronym?

    • I wouldn’t bet against the idea that the exact same kind of grilling will be used with Sprint and Softbank. This is standard when an international company is involved, but its probably also because Deutsche Telekom is also owned partially by the German government.

      • BigMixxx

        I would totally agree…BUT

        I don’t know when the relationship started, but Vodafone owns a significant share of Verizon (45%) and Verizon is in a position to buy them out at anytime. Not as big as what DT would own.

        I don’t think there is a precedence for the FBI to be part of an investigation. Congress stepped in with Huawei and ZTE, with a baseless investigation when Sprint decided to use Chinese made equipment.

        I have not seen a precedence set. This may be a first…

        • zacamandapio

          Actually Verizon owes A LOT of $$$$ to Mr. Vodafone. If they paid them off their rebuilding process would need to be slowed down.
          Vodafone is the reason Verizon accelerates everything.

        • BigMixxx

          yup Vodafone has big money. Verizon is issuing them a dividend of 10 billion or so before EOY. BUT they are making a ton of cash.

  • victorcao

    It’s also because of emergency networks for natural catastrophes and terrorism, which would involve national security, law enforcement, and public safety.



  • nycplayboy78

    Move along sheeple…Nothing to see here :p

  • Skip Bayless

    Lol FBI? really

  • eanfoso

    FBI involved in the purchase of Metro pcs? Come on it’s not like Carlos slim is the one buying Metro pcs!

  • bleeew

    Whats next? Nasa is going to check if it will interfere with Mars landings.

  • AndTheWorldMayNeverKnow

    gotta see who’s money is who’s, you can’t have a deal like this go down and not make sure it’s air tight. government has too much riding on it and so does the company

  • Dobber

    As David has said, this is standard operating procedure for a foreign-owned company in this industry. I can add that DT already received such scrutiny the first time when it entered the US market and subsequently with add’l acquisitions. This action is required of these agencies but DT and TMO have already crossed the ‘t’s and dotted the ‘i’s so to speak. There’s probably not much more to review here than what’s already been reviewed in the past.