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Dish said to appeal to Deutsche Telekom for T-Mobile-Sprint deal as negotiations continue

T-Mobile and Sprint haven’t been talking publicly about their merger much lately, but the rumor mill is working to keep up in the loop with leaks and other info. Dish Network chairman Charlie Ergen is reportedly in talks with U.S. regulators and T-Mobile parent company Deutsche Telekom about a deal that would see Dish become a competitive fourth U.S. carrier, satisfying the Department of Justice and helping T-Mobile and Sprint’s merger get approval. According to [read full article]

FCC Chairman again voices support for T-Mobile-Sprint merger, calls lawsuit against it ‘misguided’

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has once again voiced his support of T-Mobile and Sprint’s merger. Speaking to the New York State Wireless Association recently, Pai talked about 5G and how the FCC is working to accelerate its deployment in the U.S. One of the pillars of T-Mobile and Sprint’s merger is how they plan to use their combined spectrum to deploy a nationwide 5G network, and Pai said during his remarks that “one of the … [read full article]

Dish reportedly wants FCC spectrum use deadline waived in exchange for buying T-Mobile-Sprint assets

Much of the focus on T-Mobile and Sprint’s merger lately has been on Dish Network and its Chairman Charlie Ergen. Ergen was rumored to be ready to spend $6 billion on assets from T-Mo and Sprint in a move that’d help the merger’s odds of gaining approval from the Department of Justice, but now some say that he’s not close to striking such a deal. Now another report with more info on Ergen’s intentions has … [read full article]

FCC Commissioner Rosenworcel says she’s ‘uncomfortable’ with review of T-Mobile-Sprint merger

Last month we saw FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr come out in support of T-Mobile and Sprint’s merger following the announcement of commitments from the two carriers. FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel didn’t feel the same way about the deal, saying she had “serious doubts” about it, and this week she touched a bit more on the merger and the support its gotten from her fellow FCC Commissioners. During a press conference after … [read full article]

FCC says carriers can block robocalls by default

A new FCC ruling could help to reduce the number of robocalls you get every day. Today the FCC voted to affirm that carriers can block robocalls by default. While T-Mobile and other carriers already offer robocall blocking services, today’s ruling means that carriers are able to block unwanted robocalls by default using reasonable call analytics, so long as customers are informed and able to opt-out of the blocking. The ruling also states that carriers … [read full article]

T-Mobile emerges as big spender in FCC 24GHz and 28GHz spectrum auctions

The FCC today announced the results of its 24GHz and 28GHz spectrum auctions, and T-Mobile was among the big spenders. When it comes to the 28GHz auction, T-Mobile bought 865 licenses in 864 markets for total of $39,288,450. The 24GHz auction saw T-Mobile score 1,346 licenses and 400 partial economic areas (PEAs) for a total of $803,212,025. Another notable player in this auction was AT&T, who dropped a cool $982,468,996 on 831 licenses for 24GHz spectrum. … [read full article]

T-Mobile and Sprint commit to 5G buildout and divesting Boost Mobile, FCC Chairman recommends deal be approved

This week is beginning with some big news regarding T-Mobile and Sprint’s merger. T-Mobile today confirmed that it’s made a few commitments to the FCC with relation to its merger. Those include mobile 5G and home broadband deployments, the promise to divest Boost Mobile, a commitment to not raise prices. When it comes to 5G, T-Mo says it will cover 97 percent of the U.S. population with 5G on low-band spectrum and 75 … [read full article]

FCC Commissioner asks T-Mobile and other carriers for update on ending sales of location data

Following some security and prvacy issues related to U.S. carriers selling customer location data to third-parties, an FCC commissioner has reached out to the operators for more info on the situation. FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel has sent letters to AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon for details on their efforts to end their agreements with location aggregators as well as what their previous agreements with these companies allowed. As noted by Motherboard, Commissioner Rosenworcel sent the … [read full article]

T-Mobile and Sprint execs advocate merger to FCC, focusing on pricing and 5G

Following rumors that Department of Justice staffers have told T-Mobile and Sprint that their merger is unlikely to get approval as it’s currently structured, several T-Mo and Sprint executives paid a visit to Washington D.C. to argue why the deal should be approved. T-Mobile CEO John Legere, T-Mobile COO Mike Sievert, T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray, Sprint executive chairman Marcelo Claure, and other execs met with FCC commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel last week to present their case … [read full article]

T-Mobile says it did not overstate 4G LTE coverage to FCC

Earlier this month, the Rural Wireless Association said that T-Mobile and Verizon overstated their coverage while submitting documents to the FCC as part of its Mobility Fund Phase II program. Now T-Mobile has responded. “RWA’s vague and irresponsible statements regarding T-Mobile’s MF-II maps are unsupported by any evidence and are patently false,” T-Mobile said in a letter to the FCC. T-Mo went on to say that it followed procedures and submitted shapefiles to the FCC … [read full article]