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FCC pauses 180-day shot clock on its review of T-Mobile-Sprint merger

  Fifty-five days into the 180-day shot clock of its review of the T-Mobile and Sprint merger, the FCC has hit the pause button. The FCC announced today that it’s pausing its 180-day shot clock of the T-Mobile-Sprint merger in order to “allow for thorough staff and third-party review of newly-submitted and anticipated modeling relied on by the Applicants.” The FCC points to three separate developments that require more time for review. First is … [read full article]

More companies file opposition to T-Mobile-Sprint merger, including Altice and Dish

Hot on the heels of the CWA union coming out against the proposed merger of T-Mobile and Sprint, several major companies have submitted their own comments on the deal. Cable provider Altice said in a filing with the FCC that it’s concerned about the T-Mobile-Sprint merger. Altice has an MVNO agreement with Sprint and is planning to utilize it to enter the wireless market in 2019, but the company is concerned that if the … [read full article]

CWA argues against T-Mobile-Sprint merger, says more than 28,000 jobs will be lost

In the months following T-Mobile and Sprint’s merger announcement, we’ve seen groups come out in favor of and opposed to the deal. Today another group in the latter camp has spoken out about the merger. The Communication Workers of America (CWA) today said that it opposed the merger between T-Mobile and Sprint as it’s currently set up. The CWA, a union that represents 700,000 workers, claims that the merger would result in more than 28,000 … [read full article]

T-Mobile reportedly asking its MVNOs to publicly support Sprint merger

T-Mobile has been busy lately launching new rate plans and Un-carrier movies, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t also still working on getting regulatory approval for its merger with Sprint. According to a new report from Reuters, T-Mobile is reaching out to smaller providers that utilize its network and asking them to come out and publicly support the T-Mo-Sprint merger in order to push regulators to approve it. T-Mobile’s suggestions include issuing public … [read full article]

T-Mobile-Sprint merger update: Review in early stages, no decision from regulators on how many carriers U.S. needs

Wondering how the government’s review of the T-Mobile-Sprint merger is going? Today we got an update on the situation. U.S. antitrust officials are in the “early stages” of reviewing the merger of T-Mobile and Sprint, a source has told Reuters. The regulators haven’t reached a conclusion on how many carriers the U.S. market needs, but the tipster did say that “at least” three carriers are necessary and that reports that officials have decided on … [read full article]

T-Mobile CEO John Legere and Sprint’s Marcelo Claure talk up merger in front of Senate antitrust subcommittee

As part of their effort to get make the T-Mobile and Sprint merger happen, T-Mo CEO John Legere and Sprint Executive Chairman Marcelo Claure today testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s antitrust panel. The panel included Senator Mike Lee [R-UT], Senator Amy Klobuchar [D-MN], and Senator Richard Blumenthal [D-CT]. Legere and Claure made 5G a focus of their arguments in favor of the merger. Both executives stressed how important it is for the … [read full article]

T-Mobile and Sprint to file formal merger application with FCC next week

T-Mobile and Sprint are getting ready to take the next step in their effort to merge. The two companies have told the FCC that they plan to formally file an application asking for approval to merge. The application will be filed on Monday, June 18th, and will include a protective order to block sensitive corporate information from the public. While T-Mobile and Sprint agreed to a merger deal in April, the two companies must get … [read full article]

T-Mobile names Mike Sievert as its new president

When T-Mobile and Sprint announced that they’d reached a merger agreement, they also revealed that some executive titles would be shuffled as part of the deal. Today one of those changes has officially been made. T-Mobile said today that it’s appointed Mike Sievert as its president. The change is effective immediately, and Sievert will continue to serve as T-Mobile’s Chief Operating Officer, a title he’s held since February 2015. The title of president at T-Mobile … [read full article]

U.S. Justice Department said to be talking with MVNOs about T-Mobile-Sprint merger

The U.S. Department of Justice is speaking to smaller wireless operators in the U.S. about the merger of T-Mobile and Sprint. According to a report from Reuters, the Justice Department is talking with multiple MVNOs that buy access to major carriers’ networks and asking them their opinions on the T-Mobile-Sprint merger. David Glickman, CEO at Ultra Mobile and Mint Mobile, confirmed that the DoJ asked to talk to him about the merger but wasn’t given … [read full article]

DoJ antitrust official talks T-Mobile-Sprint merger, says there’s no ‘magical number’ of carriers

Now that T-Mobile and Sprint have agreed to merge, regulators will examine the deal and determine whether or not it should be allowed to go through. We’ll have to wait for an actual decision on that matter, but one government official did weigh in on the matter. Makan Delrahim, Assistant Attorney General of the Department of Justice’s Antitrust division, has said that the reduction of major U.S. carriers from four to three doesn’t necessarily guarantee … [read full article]