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FCC report says T-Mobile, other carriers overstated their coverage maps

A new FCC report says that T-Mobile and other U.S. carriers misrepresented their rural coverage. The FCC conducted drive tests of T-Mobile, Verizon, and U.S. Cellular’s networks and found that they only achieved the minimum download speeds predicted by those carriers’ coverage maps 62.3% of the time. T-Mobile specifically achieved that speed in 63.2% of tests, Verizon in 64.3% of tests, and U.S. Cellular just 45.0% of tests. According to the report, FCC staff was unable … [read full article]

FCC officially approves proposed T-Mobile-Sprint merger

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It’s official! The proposed T-Mobile-Sprint merger has formally been approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today. A decision has finally been made after months of thorough, and sometimes heated, analysis of the proposed $26.5 billion merger of the two carriers.  The government agency believes that the deal will link together the digital divide in the country and will even advance the 5G service that T-Mobile and Sprint promised to deploy to cover 97 percent of consumers … [read full article]

T-Mobile and Sprint’s merger gets approval from the FCC

Two months after FCC Chairman Ajit Pai recommended that T-Mobile and Sprint’s merger be approved, that’s precisely what has happened. The FCC has voted to formally approve the T-Mobile-Sprint merger. There’s no official announcement of this news quite yet, but an FCC official has confirmed to The Verge that the agency has voted to give the merger the green light. We learned earlier this month that T-Mo and Sprint’s deal had reportedly gotten majority FCC … [read full article]

T-Mobile and Sprint’s merger reportedly gets majority FCC support with third ‘yes’ vote

  T-Mobile and Sprint’s merger has reportedly gotten enough votes from FCC commissioners to get majority support from the agency. FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr has voted “yes” for the T-Mobile-Sprint deal, say sources speaking to Bloomberg, joining Commissioner Mike O’Rielly and Chairman Ajit Pai. The other two commissioners, Jessica Rosenworcel and Geoffrey Starks, haven’t cast a vote and are calling for a delay. Now that the merger has gotten majority support from the FCC commissioners, agency action … [read full article]

FCC commissioner says T-Mobile-Sprint merger must be paused due to Lifeline investigation

Sprint has come under fire this week for an issue related to Lifeline subsidies, and it could have an effect on the carrier’s merger with T-Mobile. The FCC has learned that Sprint claimed monthly subsidies for 885,000 Lifeline subscribers, but those subscribers weren’t actually using the Lifeline service. This resulted in Sprint receiving tens of millions of dollars for customers who weren’t actually using any of Sprint’s service. “It’s outrageous that a company would claim millions … [read full article]

T-Mobile asks FCC for license to run more experiments in the 2.5GHz band

A recent FCC application shows that T-Mobile is interested in experimenting with the 2.5GHz band. T-Mobile filed an application with the FCC this week asking for an experimental license to test equipment in the 2500-2670MHz band. “The experimental authorization will allow T-Mobile to understand the propagation characteristics and gain a better understanding of the new, innovative services that this band can offer,” T-Mo explains. T-Mobile has actually been experimenting in the 2.5GHz band for a few … [read full article]

Several Democrats urge FCC to seek additional public comment on T-Mobile-Sprint merger

Days after FCC Chairman Ajit Pai formally recommended that the T-Mobile-Sprint merger be approved, some members of the U.S. government are urging the FCC to allow for a period of public comment before voting on the deal. U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar and a group of other Democratic senators today sent a letter to FCC Chairman Pai, saying that the FCC should issue a public notice and seek public comment on the proposed merger. Along with … [read full article]

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai formally recommends approval for T-Mobile and Sprint’s merger

The opposition to T-Mobile and Sprint’s merger grew this week as Oregon joined a lawsuit to block the deal, but today there’s some good news for T-Mo and Sprint. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai today formally recommended that the T-Mobile-Sprint merger be approved. Pai has submitted a draft order to the other FCC commissioners who will vote on whether or not to approve it. “After one of the most exhaustive merger reviews in Commission history, the … [read full article]

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]