Mobile and Sprint merger receives approval recommendation from the FCC

T-Mobile and Sprint merger receives approval recommendation from the FCC

Together, Sprint and T-Mobile would have had control of almost 50% of the prepaid market, according to opponents of the deal. The full commission must still vote, and the Justice Department must also clear it. Critics will also make the case that combining the country's No. 3 and 4 carriers will ultimately restrict competition and lead to higher prices for consumers.

T-Mobile today confirmed that it's made a few commitments to the FCC with relation to its merger. Sprint has a huge amount of spectrum licensed in the 2.5 GHz band, ideal for 5G, but lacks the financial wherewithal on its own to build a 5G network in much of the country.

T-Mobile recently announced it was beginning to trial using its 4G LTE for home broadband while Sprint last week announced that its HTC 5G Hub, a hotspot that aims to replace a traditional modem and router, will be available in its first 5G markets on May 31.

The sale of Boost is aimed at resolving concerns that the deal would give the combined company 54% of the prepaid market, which generally includes those with poor credit who can not pay with a credit card. If approved, T-Mobile will still have two other no-contract carrier subsidiaries: Metro by T-Mobile and Virgin Mobile.

John Legere, chief executive of T-Mobile, cheered Pai's endorsement.

"In light of the significant commitments made by T-Mobile and Sprint as well as the facts in the record to date, I believe that this transaction is in the public interest and intend to recommend to my colleagues that the FCC approve it".

T-Mobile says it will submit annual reports regarding its progress in meeting its 5G and in-home broadband rollouts.

Why did Israel snub new Jewish president of Ukraine?
He ditched the idea of a traditional motorcade to his inauguration, walking to the parliament through a park packed with people. Zelenskiy is hoping to ride the wave of his electoral success to get his supporters into parliament.

Horse dies on track at Pimlico during the Miss Preakness Stakes
Maximum Security , the first horse to the wire in the Kentucky Derby on May 4, isn't in the Preakness field either. The Kentucky Derby and Preakness are the only races of Improbable's career that he didn't finish first or second.

Samsung Has Fixed Galaxy Fold’s Screen Problems - or so They Say
According to Twitter leakster Ice Universe , Samsung has codenamed the Galaxy S11 'Picasso, ' after the famous Spanish painter. Shockingly enough, it took 38.78 seconds for the Stranger Things full first season to download.

Sprint has pushed hard for a combination with T-Mobile, citing deep concerns about being able to continue on as a standalone company given years of losses and withering competition in the wireless business.

Selling Sprint's pre-paid carrier Boost Mobile.

For the past four years, T-Mobile and Sprint have been trying to merge together. This also comes with speed requirements: the carriers have guaranteed that 90 percent of Americans will have access to mobile broadband speeds of at least 100Mbps, and 99 percent will have access to speeds of at least 50Mbps. Cable company Charter Communications was recently found to have failed to meet its merger commitments to offer high-speed Internet service in NY, for example. The speed gains will come largely from mid-band spectrum. And the companies pledged that new T-Mobile will not terminate Sprint's reseller agreement with cable operator Altice upon closing and that the merged entity "will engage in good-faith negotiations to expand the existing agreement between Sprint and Altice to the New T-Mobile 5G network", according to an 8-K filing by T-Mobile. Commissioner Brendan Carr, a Republican, said on Monday he would vote in favor.

In a statement, Pai said that pledges by both companies to deploy fifth generation, or 5G, broadband speeds across most of the United States could meet an FCC priority of bridging the digital divide in rural America.

"We've seen this kind of consolidation in airlines and with drug companies", she wrote. "It hasn't worked out well for consumers", Comissioner Rosenworcel tweeted today.

We asked O'Rielly's office about his plans for the T-Mobile/Sprint merger, and will update this article if we get a response.

Related:

  • Westworld gets a season 3 trailer before Game of Thrones ends

    Westworld gets a season 3 trailer before Game of Thrones ends

    We don't have a full release date yet for the new season except that it will hit screens sometime in 2020. With any luck, creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy will be able to get fans to reinvest in season three.
    Trump declares Sanders 'history' as Biden surges in polls

    Trump declares Sanders 'history' as Biden surges in polls

    The Republican Party of Pennsylvania has also come out against Biden. "I'm going to say something outrageous", he said. Effective July 2018, access to full reports will only be available with a subscription.
    Naomi Osaka withdraws from Rome with hand injury

    Naomi Osaka withdraws from Rome with hand injury

    Roger Federer was forced to pull out of his Italian Open quarter-final as Rafael Nadal closes in on a ninth title in Rome . The big profile withdrawals continue to haunt the Italian Open , as Roger Federer became the latest casualty of the trend.
  • Kroos: 'Real Madrid and I have a special relationship'

    Kroos: 'Real Madrid and I have a special relationship'

    On the subject of the speculation surrounding Mbappé, Kroos said: " I like Mbappé as a player but that question's not for me really .
    Trump opposed to parts of Alabama's abortion ban

    Trump opposed to parts of Alabama's abortion ban

    Our current immigration laws are badly broken, do a disservice to American workers and jeopardize our national security. The United States a year ago imported $192 billion worth of passenger vehicles and $159 billion in auto parts.
    Amir makes big promise after being included in Pakistan’s World Cup squad

    Amir makes big promise after being included in Pakistan’s World Cup squad

    England's Chris Woakes salutes fans after his five-wicket haul in the fifth and final ODI against Pakistan at Headingley. Pakistan scored 340 again in the last match on the back of of a run-a-ball century from Babar Azam .
  • Ric Flair to have surgery

    Ric Flair to have surgery

    Ric Flair's surgery has been postponed due to "complications that need to be taken care of first". Ric Flair is one of the most professional wrestlers of all time.
    Thurrock Independents flock to see Nigel Farage

    Thurrock Independents flock to see Nigel Farage

    It's thought a successful result for the new party could push Britain's ruling Conservative government to pursue a harder Brexit. Police in Scotland told a branch of McDonalds to stop selling ice cream and milkshakes ahead of a Nigel Farage rally.
    Bruins sweep their way into Cup Final

    Bruins sweep their way into Cup Final

    So, it's a pretty important opportunity for the Boston legacies of elite players Bergeron, Marchand, Krejci , Chara and Rask. Then there's the two Stanley Cups for the Los Angeles Kings with a core of Anze Kopitar, Drew Doughty and Jonathan Quick.
  • Man charged in kidnapping of 8-year-old Texas girl

    Man charged in kidnapping of 8-year-old Texas girl

    The suspect in the kidnapping of a girl in Fort Worth, Texas , was charged past year with sexual assault in Smith County. Officers arrived at the scene and located the room where the suspect was staying, where they discovered Salem.
    Deutsche Bank reportedly ignored suspicious activity in Trump and Kushner accounts

    Deutsche Bank reportedly ignored suspicious activity in Trump and Kushner accounts

    McHugh also refuted the allegation that "any employee was sacked to quash concerns relating to any client". However, executives refused to act on the recommendations and kept the reports from the Department.
    Eiffel Tower evacuated after man climbs iconic structure

    Eiffel Tower evacuated after man climbs iconic structure

    Photos posted on social media suggested the man had got around two thirds of the way up the tower. Specialist firefighters were on the scene, Reuters reported quoting a police spokeswoman.

Comments

Latest news

Louis Blues vs. San Jose Sharks: 3 Takeaways From Game 5
The referees left the ice, the Blues slammed their sticks and the Sharks retreated to the locker room with a 2-1 series lead. Schwartz added the two goals in the third, giving him 12 in the playoffs after scoring just 11 in 69 regular-season games.

Magic Johnson Calls Out Rob Pelinka for Backstabbing on First Take
Johnson said he had told Buss that he would take the job for only three years before turning it over to Pelinka. Walton parted ways with Los Angeles when it became clear he was on the verge of being fired before Johnson quit.

Google, Qualcomm, Intel, and Broadcom all cut ties with Huawei
Some Google services, including Google Play and security software will still function on existing Huawei smartphones. However, Singh said he expected Huawei to take over the top spot in the smartphone business, from Samsung, in 2020.

Egypt tourist bus explosion, 17 injured near Giza pyramids
The location is home to the renowned Great Pyramid of Giza and attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists every year. The device went off close to the museum, which is not yet open to the public, as the bus was passing.

Sebastian Kurz Announced the End of the Coalition Government in Austria
He said he had had no further contact with the woman and she gave no contributions to his far-right, anti-migrant Freedom Party. After the footage was leaked through media outlets, the vice-chancellor told reporters he had chose to step down.

Draymond Green explains how Kevin Durant helped him control his temper
Here are three things we can take away from this loss. "We just have to stay locked in because we know he's more than capable". More than the offense, Portland played good half-court defense in the first half, taking the Warriors out of their rhythm.

Labour, Conservative negotiations collapse over Brexit - Turkish Information
Asked whether Britain needs a new Prime Minister Ms Hewertson replied: "Oh absolutely we need that strong leader". That had made Labour ever more nervous that any agreement it reached with May would be torn up by her successor.

Sophie Turner React: Game Of Thrones Series Finale
But things haven't always been smooth for the couple and they even split up for a day - but quickly reconciled. And who followed? None other than a young redhead, Elizabeth I, who went on to rule her golden age.

Indian politician calls the man who killed Mahatma Gandhi a ‘patriot’
He asserted that Thakur's candidature from Bhopal is the party's "satyagraha" against fake "saffron" terror case. In reply to a query whether the BJP should expel her from the party, Kumar said that "it must be considered".

Meghan, wife of Britain's Prince Harry, gave birth at private London hospital
One includes his Royal Highness Duke of Sussex apparently hailing a taxi in full military garb like a commoner. The selected song " This Little Light of Mine " was chosen by the couple for their recessional.

PM Modi taking meditation break as mega polls close
Pollsters say Modi remains personally popular but his party's overall majority is at risk from a backlash against the government. The range varied from 214 to 249 for the NDA while the Congress-led alliance was predicted to win 145-164 seats.

Madonna was warned by Eurovision to keep politics out of her performance
United Kingdom entry Michael Rice believes Brexit was partly to blame for his poor point-scoring. Laurence ended a 44-year drought for the Netherlands in the long-running spectacle.

Chinese Shares Declined Amid The US And China Trade Insecurity
On Friday, prospects improved for the North American trade pact the Trump administration negotiated with Canada and Mexico. Now, the Chinese government has hardened its position on trade and is seeking to fan the flames of nationalist sentiment.

Michigan GOP congressman says Trump conduct is ‘impeachable’
Amash is the first Republican member of Congress to say the president " engaged in impeachable conduct ". In fact, Mueller did not investigate collusion, which has no legal definition.

Exit Polls Suggest Modi Likely to be Re-Elected India's Prime Minister
Observers expected that opposition parties would try to cobble together a coalition of their own if Modi's party stumbled. A haphazard implementation of "one nation, one tax" - The Goods and Services Tax - also hit small and medium businesses.

Other news