Colorado leaves T-Mobile-Sprint merger lawsuit after reaching agreements with Dish and T-Mo

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Following Mississippi’s recent decision to come out in support of T-Mobile and Sprint’s merger after originally being included in the lawsuit against it, another state has now flipped sides.

Colorado has dropped out of the multi-state lawsuit seeking to block the T-Mobile-Sprint merger after coming to new agreements with Dish Network and T-Mobile. If Dish and T-Mo fail to meet the agreements, they’ll have to pay up to a total of $100 million.

Under the agreements, Dish will locate its new wireless headquarters in Littleton, CO for at least seven years. It will also employ at least 2,000 full-time employees in Colorado facilities that will work primarily on wireless. Finally, Colorado will be one of the first 10 states where Dish plans to launch 5G service by 2023. Dish must pay up to $20 million if it doesn’t meet its commitments.

Colorado made a separate agreement with T-Mobile. This agreement includes commitments related to T-Mo’s 5G network buildout, with pledges for both statewide and rural coverage, as well as a low-price plan promise. If it fails to meet its commitments, T-Mobile will face up to $80 million in penalties.

Here are the commitments T-Mobile has made to the state of Colorado:

Statewide Network Build Commitment

  • Within three years of the closing date of the merger, New T-Mobile will deploy a 5G network in Colorado with at least 68 percent of the Colorado population having access to download speeds equal to or greater than 100 Mbps, and at least 76 percent of the Colorado population having access to download speeds equal to or greater than 50 Mbps.
  • Within six years of the closing date, New T-Mobile will deploy a 5G network in Colorado with at least 92 percent of the Colorado population having access to download speeds equal to or greater than 100 Mbps, and at least 93 percent of the Colorado population having access to download speeds equal to or greater than 50 Mbps.

Rural Network Build Commitment

  • Within three years of the closing date, New T-Mobile will deploy a 5G network in Colorado with at least 60 percent of the Colorado rural population having access to download speeds equal to or greater than 100 Mbps, and at least 63 percent of the Colorado rural population having access to download speeds equal to or greater than 50 Mbps.
  • Within six years of the closing date, New T-Mobile will deploy a 5G network in Colorado with at least 74 percent of the Colorado rural population having access to download speeds equal to or greater than 100 Mbps, and at least 84 percent of the Colorado rural population having access to download speeds equal to or greater than 50 Mbps.

Low-Price Mobile Plan Commitment

  • For at least five years following the closing date, New T-Mobile will offer new low-priced plans in the state that are available to all customers and provides: Unlimited talk, text, and 2GB of data for $15 or less per month and unlimited talk, text, and 5GB of data for $25 or less per month.

“The State of Colorado joined a multistate lawsuit to block the T-Mobile-Sprint merger because of concerns about how the merger would affect Coloradans. The agreements we are announcing today address those concerns by guaranteeing jobs in Colorado, a statewide buildout of a fast 5G network that will especially benefit rural communities, and low-cost mobile plans,” Chief Deputy Attorney General Natalie Hanlon Leh said. “Our announcement today ensures Coloradans will benefit from Dish’s success as a nationwide wireless competitor.”

With Colorado’s exit, the lawsuit to block T-Mobile and Sprint’s merger is now down to 15 states and Washington, D.C. While we’ve the lawsuit lose two participating states recently, it does still include the two states that are leading the lawsuit against the merger in New York and California.

The T-Mobile and Sprint merger recently got formal approval from the FCC after earning Justice Department approval earlier this year. Despite clearing those hurdles, the merger isn’t closing because T-Mo and Sprint have said that they won’t complete the deal until after the lawsuit is resolved. The trial in that lawsuit is set to begin on December 9th.

Source: Colorado Attorney General

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  • R Dawgett

    Quid Pro Quo? Now that’s what I call a true quid pro quo!

  • nutmac

    Down to 16 (including DC). The key is New York, who is leading the opposition. When and if New York agrees to the merger, I suspect everyone else will follow.

    1. California
    2. Colorado
    3. Connecticut
    4. District of Columbia
    5. Hawaii
    6. Illinois
    7. Maryland
    8. Massachusetts
    9. Michigan
    10. Minnesota
    11. Mississippi
    12. Nevada
    13. New York
    14. Oregon
    15. Pennsylvania
    16. Texas
    17. Virginia
    18. Wisconsin

  • RealLifeJasonBourne

    I love how each state gets to shake them down for hand-outs before deciding not to block this. Quite the racket they got going here.

  • Eric A

    If states were so worried about wireless costs to state residents, they could start by eliminating taxes and fees on wireless service.

    • nutmac

      Most states against the merger are primarily concerned with 3 things:

      1. Lost jobs and/or lower wages and benefits
      2. Rural area
      3. Less choice for low to moderate income consumers

      I think T-Mobile has been very vocal to support the first two concerns. But to persuade remaining 16, T-Mobile needs to bring more specifics to the concession table. The last concern hinges on selling spectrum to Dish or other 4th player.

      • Aaron a

        It’s only up to100million when they don’t follow through with the promises. Ya that’s nothing considering the 20 billion merger. And dish dropping the merger cost down . My whole question is they promise 5g in rural areas and won’t deliver 4g in rural areas. Also all dish is is now a mvno that sells TMobile service

      • marque2

        Most states concerned about the merger do not care.about customers one iota. They care about getting a graft payment for their constituents – even if it is for something dopey so they can tell people.did something great to get votes. That is all it is about – duping people for votes.

  • Aaron a

    Can’t want to pick between updated Sprint stores that got converted to TMobile stores . So we can have 2 TMobile stores in the same parking lot. It’s going to be nice ! Kansas City is also going to stay even though Sprint sold the hq buildings. Ya no jobs cut you can’t totally hear the lies. This merger is only going to help T-Mobile $$$$$$ not customers. If they care about customers what about 4g in rural areas?

    • riverhorse

      What other future events is your crystal ball predicting ? Especially of the positive kind – any at all?

      • Aaron a

        What do you mean hq of Sprint buildings is already sold. Dish is a glorified mvno of TMobile towers! And TMobile telling us no jobs lost and yet will close all of the Sprint stores you do know people work in Sprint stores and call centers right? What about 4g they promise 5g in rural areas that’s impossible since fiber isn’t even in rural areas!

        • riverhorse

          The layoffs already started? How many?

        • Aaron a

          I’m not googling everything for you this was sold July 23 2019. This is a local paper there. Seriously take a moment and think. they can close the campus as soon as the deal is done.

          Sprint sold its Overland Park campus for $250.9 million — tens of millions of dollars below Johnson County’s appraised value of $342.5 million, according to research compiled by the investment research firm Moody’s.

          Never said they was laying off. I did say they will layoff and close after the merger. Seriously bro can you read. Try Zoolanders center for children who can’t read good.

        • riverhorse

          Now you resort to insult. Hhhmmmm…
          1. Can’t read well, good is an adjective – not an adverb.
          2. There haven’t been any layoffs–you’re shrieking over something that hasn’t occurred in spite of the fact the mergees have stated they will crosstrain as many as possible and wind up with a net employee gain across all fields combined.
          Were you ignorant of that announcement, or are you calling them liars… based on:
          A. simplistic master of the obvious general supposition of merger = layoff
          B. leftist / conspiracist view of all corporations?

          You do have First Amendment rights, but seriously – quit while you’re behind. Each post only makes you look worse.

        • Aaron a

          You’re ignorant seriously I’m done talking to retards bye

        • gramps28

          Either use punctuation correctly or put the adjective in front of the noun or both.

          It’s “You’re ignorant, seriously, I’m done talking to ******* , bye.”

          or ” You’re seriously ignorant , I’m done talking to *******, bye.”

        • Aaron a

          Lol ya anyway I blocked the other guy. He was only reading into me saying things more than what I actually said. I said “will” he changed it to “is” trying to be sly to make it sound like I have no idea what I’m talking about. And then I tell him to go Google something away from tmonews which is a protmo site.

          This merger is bad for consumer that’s all I’m getting at. It’s bad for workers too.
          Dish if that mvno does anything they will only take boost employees but most boost stores are not owned by boost they are owned by franchisee so that could be different than how dish sees how to do stores when this merger happens

        • gramps28

          Not really. I worked for one of the largest retailers in the US for 34 years and heard the same garbage that jobs were going to be lost, yada, yada , yada. It’s all the unions and left wing garbage.

          I’m waiting to see how the $15 minimum wage creates jobs that the
          left so desperately wants.

          Target is already on the record for paying the wage then on the other hand cutting the hours of their worker. Sooner or later all retail stores are going to be staffed by employees work 32 hours or less.

        • Aaron a

          Boost stores aren’t ran by boost. They are ran how cricket stores used to be ran. Cricket changed after the purchase from att. Same will happen here dish can end franchise stores. And Sprint stores are gone. When I had TMobile I always hoped to get south america and I always hung up when I heard the Philippine accent

        • gramps28

          Were you on a prepaid plan?

          Tmobile’s prepaid customers are routed to the Phillipines.

        • Aaron a

          Post paid 3 years ago. I know things changed the CEO office told me they will never upgrade our towers I soon left after that. Hold true still today bad service and they aren’t upgrading towers I’m okay I’m waiting a few years and ill switch to dish

        • gramps28

          The only time I got routed overseas was when I called after hours but it’s also a known issue back then that customers who called in and complained a lot were routed overseas.

        • Aaron a

          The south American agents sounded like they was from America. They went above and beyond. They later ended things I figured that out when I was talking to similar techs from unreal. They also used to be in South America that ended unreal got really bad and I went to mint I’m only paying 15 a month so ya and even that’s over paying for TMobile towers. Full cities in Idaho no service. And downtown Ogden Utah no service and all over Utah it’s spotty

        • marque2

          I have gotten US agents ever since I became post paid. When I was prepaid I got overseas agents. I can’t recall calling and get someone overseas since I got the One plan.

        • Aaron a

          You also didn’t answer my question about 5g how will TMobile fulfill the promise of 5g in rural areas if fiber isn’t even in rural areas?

        • marque2

          That is the whole point it is easier to beam a signal into rural areas then to lay fiber.

        • Aaron a

          Dude the towers aren’t owned by TMobile they are tower companies. They are not beaming signals that isn’t how this works. The only way they can accomplish this is by doing what they are doing now. Calling a 4g signal 5g they are doing this with 600mhz . But this doesn’t mean the speeds are fast from the tower to the internet. Beaming signals of every cellphone in the area to another tower is not how it works and mesh networking isn’t all cracked up to be that would over load the towers and then cause it to be slower than 2g.

        • Aaron a

          There is a company trying this called volkfi it’s not going to work bouncing signals from one tower to another I worked in the network field for years

        • marque2

          Your assertion is possibly true, but the idea, is that you would have your towers, where power lines already exist – and a fiber network can be installed, and then Transmit from a tower by the power. A hop or two would work.

          I am glad you guys weren’t decision makers when Graham Bell invented the phone in the first place. It won’t work, it needs too many wires – everyone can listen in, it would be too hard to train someone to use a plug board, etc – but somehow that all got solved over the years.

        • marque2

          My wifi doesn’t have signals sent to me. I didn’t know I had to be connected to fiber.

          Beam / transmit. It’s all the same – I don’t know why you are being pedantic about this. You aren’t winning anyone over with your tall tales.

        • marque2

          I hate to be captain obvious on you, but your “insurmountable issues” are all really minor issues or straw men.

          First off Tmobile doesn’t own many towers – it does own some and could build up more. It prefers to rent from others as you say – but do you really think tower operators create towers out of the blue with no input from the providers? So Tmobile would either build their own, or ask one of the providers to build one in the location where Tmobile needs it, negotiate some rental rate, and then mount their antennas. That is how it is done.

          As for your transmission issue – you seem to think I was using some technical term. The Towers do radiate signal usually by several transmitters mounted to provide 360’s of signal, though occasionally they will put the transmitters on only part of the tower (for instance if a hill is on one side) The cell phone seeks out signal and tries to communicate back. Towers **without 600Hz or 700Hz ** typically have a radius of 20 square miles of useful signal. So it would be fine to set one up using traditional near a small village and provide data for just about everyone.

          As for speed – 1: Since the towers have about a 20 square mile range using traditional 1900Mhz signal, you probably could set one up in a small town and cover everybody. Yes for truly rural areas 600Mhz would be used has less data load capability but apparently 600Mhz can transmit 400 – 700Mbits of data per second and new phones Remember 600Mhz is the center of a frequency range, not a single frequency – The cell phones will be able to mux several of the 600Mhz streams together to get a higher data rate. Mux 4 and you have the potential of 2.4Gbs. This muxing is commonly called MIMO. This might not be much in downtown LA, but if you have maybe 50 households using this antenna average speeds of 200Mbs would be easy to maintain even using 4g. And yes I am sure they are smart enough to figure out data rates at different distances.

          So please cut the crap. I am sure engineers can figure it out.

        • riverhorse

          I haven’t made any claims about what might happen. So not only I’m not obligated, how could I begin to prove anything?
          Give it time…

        • Aaron a

          And yet you’re ignorant as hell dude. You can’t even read English let alone understand English. I never said they are laying off people and you said I’m future telling. We can all see the lies if you just Google and use your brain for more than a hat rack. If they sold the property that means they are getting ready to sell. Point 2. If they aren’t keeping Sprint stores open as TMobile stores that means they are firing people.. it’s actual logic why would TMobile leave 2 stores next to each other. Are you such a fan boy that you aren’t even able to understand what happens when companies combine?

        • gramps28

          Are you a Tmobile or Sprint customer?

        • Aaron a

          Unfortunately I’m a mint mobile customer. It’s terrible TMobile is not good here and it’s going to get worse because all the Sprint people will get moved to the TMobile towers and they will shut down a ton of equipment to cost save. Especially when 2g and 3g gets killed off to merge the carriers together. Since lte is compatible between Sprint and T-Mobile the smartest move is to shut down cdma and gsm. Which it’s not unthinkable since Verizon is doing this at the end of the year and att will shut down gsm in 2021

        • gramps28

          Maybe you should read what the Mint CEO said about the merger.

          https://www.prepaidphonenews.com/2018/08/mint-mobile-ceo-explains-why-we-need.html

        • marque2

          They should close all the Sprint stores. In TMobile you get friendly people eager to help you. In Sprint stores it’s take a number and sit them go into line B – just like the cable companies. I am sure there will be dislocation but overall more people will be hired then let go.

        • Aaron a

          That’s what I was getting at. They won’t keep both store locations. That other dude not worth time talking to isn’t even reading what is happening here. He reads tmonews and nothing more. But if you look at local papers you will see Sprint selling assets off getting ready to close down all Sprint operations that can be handled by TMobile after the merger. 99% of what TMobile told the FCC and doj are lies and will pay the 100 million dollar fine. It’s cheaper to do so than to build out or do the promises

        • Website Administrator

          Dish will have the option to take over any and all redundant stores that T-Mobile/Sprint don’t need when they merge. Didn’t you read the merger agreement?

        • marque2

          But the point is so what? When it all is over TMobile Sprint will end up with more employees. Of course some people will be displaced here and there – and sprint stores customer service is so bad they should be shut.

        • gramps28
  • riverhorse

    This and balloon / satellite internet from Tesla / Amazon / Google / Facebook / etc. will revolutionize the world – work from anywhere in the world. Cities / countries with high taxes / cost of living and other glaring negatives will really suffer.

    • Aaron a

      Ya on top of that only 100 million in fees is nothing considering the huge discount they got for selling boost. This smells of pay offs to the Republicans

      • gramps28

        How is this a payoff to Republicans when Colorado is a blue state as is the 2/3 of the states involved in suing the merger. Sounds like a payoff to the Democrats.

        • Aaron a

          If you look most of the states fighting the merger is democratic states. I’m a democrat that votes Republican because the democrats left me years ago. Anyway doj and FCC chairman are Republicans that voted yes. Trump met with the CEO of softbank. And Trump is getting excited about the empty promise of 5g. To compete with China and other countries. This is all about 5g and the global stage. Republicans are bought off. While democrats are fighting this. Colorado and Mississippi got paid off being offered this for that. That is why I say Republicans paid off

        • gramps28

          Give me a break. All politicians are the same.

          I use to live in Illinois and the only reason they’re a part of the lawsuit is for the shakedown. One of the most corrupt states in the Union.

        • Aaron a

          I agree I won’t vote democrat next election but it is all about Trump and sun from softbank. The last thing I want is 1/3 of our carriers ran by a government. If you look at the break down of ownership of TMobile it’s Deutsche telekom which is 33% owned by the German government. I hate that I have a TMobile carrier it’s the only government owned carrier in the untied states. If Trump is worried about Huawei and zte with our information why isn’t he worried about a full blown carrier. But democrats will be paid off and this lawsuit the judge is paid off so it’s going to be accepted and will have to deal with higher costs because 5g will become a tax on our phone bills

        • gramps28

          You do know that Trump dislikes Legere.

        • Aaron a

          He hates legere but he loves his own ego he also is doing this a favor for softbank. Softbank gets a really good seat on new TMobile

        • gramps28

          Why wouldn’t Softbank get a good seat on the new Tmobile with what they’re giving up in the merger.

        • Aaron a

          Marcelo and sun have a seat as sfo or something like that Marcelo was the Sprint CEO. He stepped down to become a cfo in new TMobile and sun gets a seat too

        • gramps28

          If you look at history , do you know how hard it is for the Japanese people to admit defeat? They are a very proud people who don’t take failure well.

        • Aaron a

          Marcelo was turning Sprint around he was doing really good with it. Sprint if they was patient and removed whitelisting phones. Because of the 5g spectrum and how much Sprint had they could have over taken TMobile in a few years. Also if they would have taken the way boost ran and implemented how they ran boost into Sprint and changed the name they would have been very successful. TMobile was screwed they had no way to grow or compete in 5g. They would have sunk while Sprint was turning around ok. It’s the debt that got Sprint and they sold the offices to make up the debt and also stole around 15 million from State money for government assistance phones. He just gave up 5 years too soon

        • gramps28

          Huh?

        • Francisco Peña

          Dude, you know Sprint was ahead of TMo a few yrs ago.. I believe around 2014ish is when that started to change. Now Tmo has 30M more than Sprint… Sprint is in no position to compete with anyone. They will continue to fall. How long you think their half off deal will last? Even that, there are plenty of people that will say heck no to Sprint.

          Debt? plenty of companies have debt, and still manage. Sprint had no vision, no plan… and that is why TMo jumped ahead, they had a plan, and stuck to it, and as a result, look who is buying who.

          Can you hear me now?

        • Aaron a

          I actually loved Sprint they have really good coverage here. Just promotion and salesman lied so I wouldn’t have them. Boost was good the service was great nothing beats Sprint in utah. I have a phone that works on every carrier. It’s the essential phone it works really good

        • Francisco Peña

          All the AGs that are on the lawsuit are looking to be paid off. TMo comes in and says ” 80% coverage and bringing 2000 jobs” and they will cave like a spelunker.