Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission approves T-Mobile and Sprint’s merger


This past week has been a bit of a rollercoaster for T-Mobile, with the carrier’s merger with Sprint getting support from several FCC leaders, followed by a report that claimed that DOJ antitrust staff would recommend blocking the deal, and then another report that said DOJ antitrust chief Makan Delrahim “consulted” with FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on the merger. Now the week is wrapping up with some good news for T-Mo.

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has approved the proposed T-Mobile-Sprint merger. The Commission voted 3-2 in favor of the deal, giving T-Mobile 17 of the required 19 state Public Utility Commissions that’ve come out in support of the merger, with California and Hawaii the remaining two state commissions that have yet to make a decision on the deal.

“Based on the application as it has been supplemented by the Applicant’s (Sprint’s) voluntary commitment representations, it is my opinion that there are sufficient affirmative public benefits – inclusive of the 5G wireless deployment – to approve the proposed transaction,” said PUC Commissioner Andrew Place.

While the big focus of T-Mobile and Sprint’s merger right now is the will-they-or-won’t-they situation with the Department of Justice, the news of the Pennsylvania PUC’s approval of the deal is likely welcome news for T-Mo and Sprint. The two companies recently made commitments that they say they’ll adhere to if the merger is completed, including mobile 5G and in-home broadband rollouts with milestones, a promise to not raise prices for three years, and a pledge to sell Boost Mobile.

Thanks, Ben!

Source: Pennsylvania PUC

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  • riverhorse

    3-2 just squeezed by the hair on John Legere’s chinny chin chin.

  • Eric A

    Then it’s a go

  • Philip

    Thats weird. Is it like the 12th District Circuit court type of thing? Some part of the country say yes, some say no.

  • Android_God

    Oh thank God! I’ve been awaiting the opinion of the Pennsylvania public utilities commission!

    • Iphart

      You said it, I can sleep easy now. Praise the lord.

  • Joe2050

    In 3 years later post merger, prices will be cheaper and the market will be more consumer friendly right because we have the big 3 not 4 with less competitors just like in Canada. Right?

  • Matt

    It’s no wonder Pennsylvania ranks 41st out of 50 states.

    • riverhorse

      Why? They voted for Trump and approved TMO merger plus sports betting,…originated the Philly Sound…. what’s wrong?
      Oh, no… why, YOU….. ‘*+&$@;!?
      What are you?!?

      • marque2

        He is just pulling legs a bit about the headline. No need to get so upset.

        • riverhorse

          I was bus-err puliing leg too.

  • Jay Holm

    Individual states don’t need to approve/disapprove.

  • JG

    I’m assuming since the article specifically called out Hawaii and California, it’s a specific set of 19 states needed, not just any random 19 of the 50… NY, PA, HI and CA… That’s 4… who are the other 15?

    What makes these 19 so special that their opinions matter more than the other 31 states? And why 19? Why not make it an even 20? Or add 6 more to get half of the nation, 7 more would give a simple majority… That sounds a little more democratic than having the opinion of a third of the nation dictate policy

    [not that there probably is much actual democracy involved in the process anymore]