FCC once again pauses 180-day shot clock on T-Mobile-Sprint merger review


The FCC has hit the pause button on its review of the T-Mobile-Sprint merger once again.

Today the Federal Communications Commission said that it is pausing the informal 180-day shot clock on its review of the merger of T-Mobile and Sprint, marking the third time that the FCC’s shot clock has been paused. The first pause was the result of a substantially revised network engineering model that had been submitted, and the second pause was due to the government shutdown.

The FCC explains that on February 21st and March 6th, T-Mo and Sprint submitted “significant additional information regarding their network integration plans for 2019-2021, an extension of their previously filed merger simulation analysis to cover the years 2019-2021, and additional information regarding their claims related to fixed wireless broadband services.”

Whenever deal applicants make substantial new submissions, the FCC likes to pause its shot clock to allow for staff and third-party review of the new info as well as to seek additional comments from the public. This ensures that the FCC can strike a balance between a speedy review, a thorough analysis, and the need for third-parties to comment on submitted materials.

The FCC’s shot clock is now paused on day 121 of 180. The agency will take new comments on T-Mobile and Sprint’s latest submissions through March 28, 2019. Barring any more major submissions or other issues, the 180-day shot clock will resume on April 4, 2019 on day 122.

Source: FCC

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  • Glen Baerett

    Just an observation, but it’s almost like the company has no accountability to the SEC about material changes at the company; much less about short-term goals to the merger.

    I’ve also heard that he’s been in trouble at T-Mobile, written up several times, requiring corrective action; and he’s already lost his title of “Chairman of the Board”. Now he’s only CEO.

    John Legere is a risky deal when the company has a “three-strikes” rule and the only person who wants to run the company also has a cook book for sale in the stores, that aren’t even original recipes.

    • TylerCameron

      On the other hand, he literally brought T-Mobile to prosperity. He was handed a carrier that had BARELY any 3G coverage even in 2012 to a carrier with pretty much a carrier with as much LTE coverage as Verizon and AT&T in less than 5 years. So he curses and isn’t “politically correct”. Without him, T-Mobile would be withering along with Sprint.

    • Red

      I’ve heard that he abuses Christmas trees and wears his hair long to hide his horns. Just an observation.

  • tfranzman

    From everything I’ve read/seen, the real beneficiaries of a No Deal merger between TMobile and Sprint, is ATT and Verizon, who basically own the FCC.