The attorneys general of Arizona, Michigan and Pennsylvania have joined a group of states reviewing T-Mobile’s plan to buy rival Sprint for $26 billion, which is believed to be nearing the end of a regulatory review. The AGs told the FCC last week they planned to join the Justice Department probe and need access to documents, reported Reuters.
The deal won FCC support last month, Inside Towers reported.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said Thursday he planned to circulate a proposed order asking his fellow commissioners to approve the deal in the coming weeks.
The final decision on whether to allow two of the four nationwide wireless carriers to merge will be made by the department’s political appointees, headed by antitrust division chief Makan Delrahim.
The states’ late involvement suggests they are looking at the impact of the merger on their states, including data of customers switching from T-Mobile to Sprint and the reverse, and to other carriers. The state attorneys general may independently seek to sue to stop the proposed transaction, although that would be unusual, according to the account.
June 10, 2019