FCC and DOJ decisions on T-Mobile-Sprint merger reportedly at least another month away


T-Mobile and Sprint are awaiting the FCC and Department of Justice’s decision on whether or not their merger will be permitted, and according to a new report, the wait could take a bit longer.

A decision on the T-Mobile-Sprint merger from the FCC and DOJ “won’t be made for at least another month or possibly longer”, according to Fox Business. It’s said that the DOJ is paying close attention to this horizontal merger and whether it could raise prices for consumers and reduce competition. The report adds that T-Mo and Sprint’s merger has been okayed by the White House’s economic and national security policy makers with regard to competing with other countries, including China, in 5G.

Meanwhile, a new report from The New York Post claims that DOJ staffers are “not impressed” with T-Mobile and Sprint’s touted features of the merger. The group that are allegedly not impressed is said to include Makan Delrahim, who is the DOJ’s antitrust head.

One of T-Mobile and Sprint’s promises that has reportedly failed to impress the DOJ staffers is the commitment that New T-Mobile will offer the same or better rate plans at current or lower prices than those offered by T-Mo and Sprint for at least three years after the merger. The DOJ reportedly thinks of that as a weak promise compared to AT&T’s pledge not to black out its programming on rival platforms for seven years.

T-Mobile and Sprint have said that they expect their merger to be approved in the first half of 2019. The FCC is currently on day 121 of the its informal 180-day shot clock for its review of the deal.

Sources: Fox Business, The New York Post

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  • Trevnerdio

    The “180-day” that they’re already 250+ days into? Sounds like government work!

    • riverhorse

      Just like sports, turning one hour into three with clock stoppages. Hopefully no two minute warning.
      More importantly, hope they give TMo a chance to amend any concerns they have; instead of proposal is final-no changes, ditto final decision.

  • mikeZo6

    FCC and DoJ look at Tmobile policy


    Your plan includes access to the technologies, features, and services that you purchased when you activated your account. You may have temporary access to new services while they are being tested or made available for purchase. Temporary access to some new technologies, services, or features ( 5G) may provide noticeable benefits, like significantly increased speeds. Your temporary access may end at any time, but we may begin offering access for purchase. For example, T‑Mobile is leading the industry in introducing new messaging capabilities which allow you to send larger file attachments and have bigger chat groups. T‑Mobile initially gave some users access to this new messaging service whether they had a data plan or not; but going forward, you may need to have a data plan or feature to use this new type of messaging and the data used to send and receive them may count towards your data allotments and the prioritization threshold for heavy data users.

  • kanakamaoli

    Simple… one up At&t and say you won’t increase prices for 10 years and keep it to where we can keep our current plans to access 5G or if there is a cheaper option? Give us the option to move to this plan