FCC to Take More Time to Review Merger Between Sprint and T-Mobile

Tuesday September 11, 2018 1:32 PM PDT by Juli Clover

The United States Federal Communications Commission today informed T-Mobile and Sprint [PDF] that it needs more time to review the proposed merger between the two companies before making a final decision on approval.

According to the FCC, it is pausing the informal 180-day transaction clock to allow for "thorough staff and third-party review" of newly submitted and anticipated business documents.


Sprint and T-Mobile on September 5 submitted a revised network engineering model that's "significantly larger and more complex," which the FCC needs to look over. The two companies also did not provide the FCC with documentation on a "Build 9" business model until September 5, so that's also something the FCC needs to review, and T-Mobile is also planning to offer up additional economic modeling documents.

The FCC says that the 180-day clock will remain stopped until T-Mobile and Sprint have completed the record "on which they intend to rely" and a reasonable amount of time has passed to allow the FCC and third-parties to look over the documentation.

Sprint and T-Mobile officially reached a merger agreement back in late April, so the original 180-day review period was set to end in October. The FCC aims to complete applications for license transfers relating to complex mergers within an informal 180 day period, but warns that some application review periods can exceed 180 days.

If the T-Mobile and Sprint merger is ultimately approved by regulators, two of the four major carriers in the United States will combine into one single entity. T-Mobile and Sprint combined will have nearly 100 million customers, putting it second only to Verizon.


The combined company will be named T-Mobile and current T-Mobile CEO John Legere will serve as the Chief Executive Officer. Sprint and T-Mobile have previously said they're hoping to close the deal in the first half of 2019.

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21 months ago
I don’t agree. Right now Sprint and T-Mobile are not in the same park with T and VZ especially in rural areas. This will allow the two companies as one compete. Or you could look at it this way it is only a matter of time before Sprint goes bankrupt. So let them merge while this is viable or let one of them go out of business. Your choice.
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21 months ago

Wireless prices are already ridiculously high and this merger can do nothing to help the situation. Having only three carriers is a recipe for price fixing.

Regardless if a merger happens or not, prices will continue to go up at Verizon and ATT. And if you believe that T-Mobile will ever do anything with Verizon and ATT (in terms of something like price fixing), then you are sadly mistaken.
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Block the merger and then divide up ATT and VZW into various companies that can compete.

Yes, because punishing successful companies has always been a recipe for capitalism. :rolleyes: This isn't super liberal Europe or communist Russia.
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I don’t agree. Right now Sprint and T-Mobile are not in the same park with T and VZ especially in rural areas. This will allow the two companies as one compete. Or you could look at it this way it is only a matter of time before Sprint goes bankrupt. So let them merge while this is viable or let one of them go out of business. Your choice.

I agree with you. Softbank was going to unload Sprint one way or another. And once that happened, Sprint would have gone bankrupt via slow death. That would not have helped anyone. The only way to save Sprint was via a merger of some sort with either another telecom (like T-Mobile) or a media company like ComCast/Cox.
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21 months ago
The merger needs to happen. Sprint isn’t a competitor in the wireless market anymore, it’s just an old, running joke. This merger could help the two companies become a viable, stronger competitor in the market.
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21 months ago

Break 'em all up. Capitalism is evil in the first place.

LOL. So is communism, liberalism, conservatism, marxism, socialism... everything is evil.
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21 months ago
Could someone hurry through the merger of UK and USA as well please? We do so admire your Herr Trump
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21 months ago
Block the merger and then divide up ATT and VZW into various companies that can compete.
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