Nevada announces its own settlement with T-Mobile and withdraws from lawsuit against merger

nevada-aaron-ford

Texas isn’t the only state withdrawing from the lawsuit against T-Mobile and Sprint’s merger today.

Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford has announced that he’s reached a settlement with T-Mobile. Similar to the deal T-Mo made with Texas, the agreement with Nevada is focused on a 5G network rollout, a low-price rate plan, and a commitment to jobs. The settlement also includes access to T-Mo’s broadband program for students and a philanthropic contribution.

Here are the commitments T-Mobile has made to Nevada as part of this settlement:

5G

  • Within three years of the merger’s close, New T-Mobile will deploy a 5G network that offers download speeds of 100Mbps or greater to at least 64 percent of Nevada’s population.
  • Within six years of the merger closing, T-Mo’s 5G network will offer download speeds of 100Mbps or greater to at least 94 percent of Nevada’s general population and 83 percent of the state’s rural population.

Low-Price Mobile Plan

  • T-Mobile will offer its T-Mobile Connect plan for at least six years. The plan offers unlimited talk, text, and 2GB of data for $15 per month or unlimited talk, text, and 5GB of data for $25 per month. T-Mo will also incrementally increase the data allotment of both plans so that the allotment will nearly double within four years.

Broadband Access to Education

  • Nevada will get the full benefit of New T-Mobile’s Project 10 Million. The project aims to connect 10 million households over five years with up to 100GB of free internet access per year and a free mobile hotspot so that students have the internet they need to complete school assignments at home.

Preserve Nevada Jobs

  • All retail T-Mobile and Sprint employees in Nevada will receive an offer of employment with New T-Mobile that’ll include comparable duties and wages.
  • New T-Mobile will conver the existing Sprint call center in Las Vegas into a New T-Mobile Customer Experience Center and employ at least 450 workers for six years.
  • Employees’ rights to participate in unions or organized labor will be protected.
  • New T-Mobile will launch a paid apprentice program that will select between 10 and 15 apprectices each year, including at least three management or professional trainees.

Philanthropic Contribution

  • New T-Mobile will make a charitable contribution of $30 million in three equal installments to fund programs through grants that enhance the entrepreneurial opportunities for, and expand small businesses owned by, minorities and women in the state of Nevada.
    Funds may also be used to pre-pay or reimburse costs associated with eligible broadband improvements made for the benefit of Nevada’s Native American Tribes.

With the news that Nevada has dropped out of the lawsuit to block the T-Mobile and Sprint merger, there are a total of 14 state AGs involved in it. With the trial set to begin on December 9th, T-Mo will likely be working to flip more state AGs to improve its chances of winning the trial, so it’s possible we’ll see another announcement or two like this one in the next couple of weeks.

Source: Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford

Tags: , , ,

  • mikeZo6

    Can everyone get $15 or $25 plan ?

    • Sean Murphy

      Yes

      • Sean Murphy

        Its a prepaid plan

        • mikeZo6

          Oh Ty

  • nash2vic

    I see every state is trying to get something out of this deal. Is IL getting anything?

  • atown7475

    This is America. Slap your name on a lawsuit and hope to win something unearned

  • vrm

    Hmm, “charitable contributions”- money allocated for politicians.

  • Jay Holm

    Someone predicted this in the other post earlier today, lol!

    • Francisco Peña

      this was predicted back when these AGs filed the lawsuits initially.

  • Mike Smith

    It’s extortion. The states that DIDN’T try and block the merger get no guarantees.

  • Francisco Peña

    “philanthropic contribution”

    lol… payoff.. this is all these lawsuits are about.. a shakedown

  • the martian ambassador

    It shouldn’t be difficult to reach that 5G goal in Nevada since nearly 3/4 of the population resides in Clark county where Las Vegas is located.

    These shakedowns are awful and customers are going to end up paying for it.

  • JG

    Other than NY, who else is left against the merger? They seem to be dropping like flies…

    • Trevnerdio

      There are many others. I believe at least 13 more.

    • Robert Roll

      The States are as Follows:

      New York, <— there State Governor and own Public Utilities Commission Approved

      California, <– CPUC still Reviewing
      Connecticut,
      Hawaii, <— Public Utilities Commission Already Approved
      Maryland,
      Massachusetts,
      Michigan,
      Minnesota,
      Illinois,
      Virginia,
      Wisconsin,
      Oregon,
      District of Columbia
      Pennsylvania. <– Public Utilities Commission Already Approved

      with the exception of California Public Utilities Commission all the various regulatory agencies already signed off on the merger

      • JG

        Thanks for the list.
        I remember reading the article about PA and among the common complaints, she was concerned that merging the two companies would somehow lead to less coverage. I never really understood how she figured that. They may not keep 100% of all of Sprint and T-Mobiles towers… But I assume when they decide which they can get rid of they’ll make sure to keep the same coverage footprint… If one had coverage in an area but the other didn’t, New T-Mo has coverage. If both had coverage, New T-Mo will continue to have coverage. If neither had coverage before the merger then likely New T-Mo will likely not as well, unless it was part of the 600mhz old TMo just hadn’t gotten around to installing yet.

  • James B

    If we’ve got congestion problems now. I’m starting to wonder what will happen with all these low price and 5G coverage promises TMO is making.

  • pda96

    If I were TMO, I’d give these states the middle finger and remove coverage. Let them only have VZ and AT&T and see how long it takes for them to pay a pint of blood every week.

  • NardVa

    The shake down by these states continue. The same states shaking down T-Mobile for heavily discounted plans and priority 5G are perfectly fine with their constituents getting abused by AT&T and Verizon.

  • the martian ambassador

    Corporations are now creating welfare programs at the behest of politicians. These shananigans are why I cancelled Amazon Prime..which costs $12.99/mo for mere mortals, and $5.99/mo if you are on Medicaid or food stamps.