FCC delays review of T-Mobile-Sprint merger

Sprint T Mobile CEOs on the odds of merger approval

Sprint T Mobile CEOs on the odds of merger approval

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Until we see what T-Mobile has submitted, we won't know if this marks a minor revision or a wholesale change to T-Mobile's plans that could force a particularly thorough review. Considering the complexity and potential importance of these newly-provided and expected models, it is appropriate to stop the informal 180-day clock to allow time for their review.

The FCC says that its 180-day shot clock will remain paused until T-Mobile and Sprint have submitted all the documents that they intend to rely on and a "reasonable period of time" has passed for the FCC and third-party review.

Sprint and T-Mobile first discussed a merger in 2014 but scrapped it because of concerns about regulatory challenges from the Obama administration.


The Federal Communications Commission issued a letter on Tuesday stating that it needs more time to review the proposed merger between the two telecommunication companies.

Each of three separate developments require more time.

The commission told the carriers' counsel that it had received papers and guidance primarily from T-Mobile within the past two weeks that marked departures from previous statements regarding network engineering models and network buildout funding. The FCC called it "significantly larger and more complex than the engineering submissions already in the record". He says it appears to incorporate new logic, methodologies, facts, and assumptions, something that can't be reviewed quickly. Build 9 therefore requires further review. "This new economic modeling will also require additional time for review". The Commission will decide whether to extend the deadline for reply comments after receiving the remainder of the Applicants' modelling submissions. T-Mo and Sprint said that the new engineering model was the one that they wanted to use in support of their merger.

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