DOJ’s Delrahim reportedly met with FCC’s Pai to talk T-Mobile-Sprint merger, decision may be close

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There’s been a lot of back-and-forth in recent weeks about the Justice Department and its antitrust review of T-Mobile and Sprint’s merger, but according to a new report, a decision may be imminent.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and Justice Department antitrust chief Makan Delrahim allegedly met last Friday to discuss the T-Mobile-Sprint merger. According to Fox Business, the two discussed how they can keep the U.S. telecom space remains competitive and how they can ensure that T-Mobile and Sprint follow through with their merger promises. It’s said that T-Mo and Sprint may have to divest more prepaid business in addition to Boost Mobile if they want to get the Justice Department’s approval for their deal.

Meanwhile, it’s said that Justice Department staff attorneys are still opposed to the merger because they feel it will reduce competition and could lead to higher prices.

Today’s report goes on to say that Delrahim and Justice Department staffers met with T-Mobile CEO John Legere and Sprint Chairman Marcelo Claure today.

Finally, it’s said that the government could make its final decision on T-Mo and Sprint’s merger as soon as this week.

It’s now been a few weeks since FCC Chairman Pai came out in support of T-Mobile and Sprint’s merger and the two carriers made commitments tied to its approval, like the sale of Boost Mobile. Since then, we’ve all been wondering how the Justice Department and Makan Delrahim would come down on the deal. Staffers at the Justice Department are reportedly against the deal, but the decision comes down to Delrahim. Rumors say that the Justice Department wants T-Mobile and Sprint to help create a competitive fourth U.S. carrier if their merger is approved.

Based on everything we’ve heard so far, how are you feeling about the merger’s odds of approval?

Source: Fox Business

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  • vrm

    If anyone can get it done, it is John Legere. Next to Lisa Su of AMD, he is the best CEO.

    • riverhorse

      Yes. And i hate to think how things would be if AMD and T-Mobile had never existed.

  • (J²)

    It’s because if the DOJ blocks the merger, they have to have solid grounds to do so because unlike the FCC, the final decision can be settled in court.

    Unfortunately, “it reduces competition” doesn’t seem to matter when it’s AT&T and Verizon or Comcast or Charter.

    • riverhorse

      To say nothing that the last two mentioned are also in the Cellular game, all 4 are in everything- TV, Internet, home & business Phone, and Cellular. And that some of them are also in streaming, satellite, content production, backhaul & related segments.
      Bureaucrats and Politicians are either corrupt or have zero clue. They just announced a $183 million Grant to bring Internet to rural areas, as if that drop in the bucket means much of anything.

    • Gamecrazy35

      I definitely agree on this whenever it’s an issue with Verizon or AT&t or comcast it’s always approval rates 100% but when the little people like T-Mobile or Sprint trying to become a big person in the communication game they want them to give up everything to get approval what’s up with that? this will not create any kind of competition and I believe the T-Mobile will follow through with all their promises as they always have. I believe it also getting a boost Mobile as well as some of their wireless spectrum to help a fourth company create a for competitor is amazing and I think that that’s enough for them to give up because if they give up anymore then what is the point of the merger don’t be giving up too much in my opinion. also I heard rumors that Amazon wants to become that fourth competitor as long as they have the spectrum as well as boost Mobile I believe they could make the 4th provider easily. I think everybody that’s blocking this should to think about the big picture and not just a little small picture they’re thinking about because I can tell you their competitors Verizon AT&t and Comcast wouldn’t think twice about T-Mobile or Sprint if the shoe was on the other foot let’s get this merger through.

    • Robert Roll

      its probably because AT&T and Verizon and Comcast and Charter have the lobbying power and unions behind them to get what they want and they want to keep control.

      • (J²)

        Completely understand but we can’t pretend to fight for customers interest and competition, when it’s not a major player with lobbying power.