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T-Mobile and Sprint get FCC approval to combine in 3-2 party-line vote

T-Mobile and Sprint get FCC approval to combine in 3-2 party-line...

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Enlarge / Federal Communication Commission Republican members (L-R) Brendan Carr, Michael O'Rielly, and Chairman Ajit Pai participate in a discussion during the Conservative Political Action Conference on February 23, 2018 in National Harbor, Maryland. The Federal Communications Commission has voted 3-2 to approve T-Mobile's acquisition of Sprint, an FCC spokesperson confirmed to Ars today. Republican…
It’s authorities: United States federal government authorizes T-Mobile/Sprint merger

It’s authorities: United States federal government authorizes T-Mobile/Sprint merger

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Getty Images | alexsl The Justice Department today announced its approval of the T-Mobile/Sprint merger as part of a settlement that requires the merging companies to spin off several assets to Dish Network. The DOJ decided against filing a lawsuit to block the T-Mobile US purchase of Sprint, even though it reduces the number of…
DOJ to authorize T-Mobile/Sprint merger in spite of 13 mentions attempting to obstruct it

DOJ to authorize T-Mobile/Sprint merger in spite of 13 mentions attempting...

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The Justice Department plans to approve the T-Mobile/Sprint merger as part of a settlement involving the sale of spectrum licenses, wholesale access, and a prepaid wireless business to Dish Network, The Wall Street Journal reported today. "The companies have spent weeks negotiating with antitrust enforcers and each other over the sale of assets to Dish…
T-Mobile opponent Meal might assist in saving the T-Mobile/Sprint merger

T-Mobile opponent Meal might assist in saving the T-Mobile/Sprint merger

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Enlarge / A field service specialist for Dish Network prepares to install a satellite TV system at a residence in Denver, Colorado, on Aug. 6, 2013. Getty Images | Bloomberg T-Mobile US and Sprint are reportedly near a deal to sell spectrum, wholesale network access, and Sprint's Boost Mobile subsidiary to Dish as part of…
AT&T rejects that offering phone area information was unlawful as FCC examines

AT&T rejects that offering phone area information was unlawful as FCC...

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Getty Images | Witthaya Prasongsin AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon have all told the Federal Communications Commission that they recently stopped selling their customers' phone location information to other companies. Sprint said it is phasing out the sales and will shut them down by the end of this month. The details came in letters to FCC…
Refunds for 300 million phone users looked for in suits over location-data sales

Refunds for 300 million phone users looked for in suits over...

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The four major US wireless carriers are facing proposed class-action lawsuits accusing them of violating federal law by selling their customers' real-time location data to third parties. The complaints seeking class action status and financial damages were filed last week against AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint in US District Court for the District of Maryland. The…
T-Mobile/Sprint merger remains in risk of being turned down by DOJ

T-Mobile/Sprint merger remains in risk of being turned down by DOJ

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Enlarge / T-Mobile CEO John Legere (left) and then-Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure during an interview on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on April 30, 2018. T-Mobile US and Sprint are facing potential rejection of their proposed merger at the US Department of Justice. DOJ staffers "have told T-Mobile US and Sprint that…
Sprint steps up battle versus AT&T’s “phony 5G” with full-page Sunday NYT advertisement

Sprint steps up battle versus AT&T’s “phony 5G” with full-page Sunday...

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Enlarge / Screenshot from an AT&T commercial. Sprint is warning customers not to be fooled by AT&T's "fake 5G" claims. One month after suing AT&T, Sprint took out a full-page ad in the Sunday New York Times to spread the word that AT&T's "5G E" is really just 4G. The ad takes the form of…
AT&T taken legal action against by Sprint, should safeguard choice to inform users that 4G is “5G E”

AT&T taken legal action against by Sprint, should safeguard choice to...

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Enlarge / Screenshot from an AT&T commercial. Sprint is suing AT&T, alleging that AT&T's misleading "5G E" advertising campaign violates laws prohibiting false advertising and deceptive acts and practices. AT&T renamed a large portion of its 4G network, calling it "5G E," for "5G Evolution." But as we've written, what AT&T calls 5G E consists…
T-Mobile/Sprint merger turns 2 disruptors into one “mega business,” Dems caution

T-Mobile/Sprint merger turns 2 disruptors into one “mega business,” Dems caution

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Five US Senate Democrats today warned that the T-Mobile US/Sprint merger could hurt consumers and urged the Senate Commerce Committee to hold a hearing on the deal's potential harms. The Democrats sent a letter to Commerce Committee Chairman Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) asking him to schedule a hearing on the proposed merger. The committee has "jurisdiction…

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