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    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - T-Mobile US Inc’s (TMUS.O) proposed $26.5 billion tie-up with Sprint Corp (S.N) won formal approval from the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday in a vote split along party lines, two sources told Reuters.

    Chairman Ajit Pai and two Republican commissioners voted to approve the deal while two Democratic commissioners voted against it, the sources said.

    The text of the approval order is not expected to be released until later in the month.

    The deal to combine the third and fourth largest U.S. wireless carriers, which has been fighting for government approval since April 2018, still faces a lawsuit brought by a group of state attorneys general, headed by New York.

    The lawsuit against Sprint and its parent company Softbank Group Corp and T-Mobile and its parent Deutsche Telekom AG argues the deal will lead to higher prices for consumers. A trial date has been set for Dec. 9.

    The U.S. Justice Department approved the deal in July.

    Under the Justice Department deal, the companies would divest Sprint’s prepaid businesses, including Boost Mobile, to satellite television company Dish Network Corp (DISH.O), and provide it with access to 20,000 cell sites and hundreds of retail locations. That deal is worth about $5 billion.
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    Not surprising. Now they just gotta deal with AGs and they're all done. I suspect they'll pick off AGs one by one until December 8th and take the rest of them head on.

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    Wow. I can’t think of anything else to say lol


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    Quote Originally Posted by L33 View Post
    Not surprising. Now they just gotta deal with AGs and they're all done. I suspect they'll pick off AGs one by one until December 8th and take the rest of them head on.
    They'll cut deals with all of them. They're really only looking for a bribe.

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    Exactly, T-Mobile wants the lawsuits taken care of. It's nothing but the State AGs trying to get something out of this. I expect that they will all be resolved by the end of the year. Hopefully, that will let the new T-Mobile start using Sprint spectrum to fill in gaps that Band 71 does not cover yet.

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    i was doing some reading and just saw that Dish will get sprints entire 800mhz network?!?!? thought they was just taking the prepaid and customers??

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    Quote Originally Posted by cricket101 View Post
    i was doing some reading and just saw that Dish will get sprints entire 800mhz network?!?!? thought they was just taking the prepaid and customers??
    The spectrum yes. I don't know how they'll deal with antennas and attached equipment - whether those things can be separated for sale or not.

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    Does T-Mobile have to (by law) pause the combination with Sprint until the matters with each state is resolved or are they choosing to do so?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cricket101 View Post
    i was doing some reading and just saw that Dish will get sprints entire 800mhz network?!?!? thought they was just taking the prepaid and customers??
    I think so, but Sprint doesn't have that much 800mhz to begin with, so its not a huge loss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by offthegrid View Post
    The spectrum yes. I don't know how they'll deal with antennas and attached equipment - whether those things can be separated for sale or not.
    From what I have read, I seem to recall that T-Mobile gets all the towers and equipment. I wouldn't be surprised if there is something in the deal that gives Dish the first right to buy any towers that T-Mobile does not want, if Dish wants them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by @TheRealDanny View Post
    Does T-Mobile have to (by law) pause the combination with Sprint until the matters with each state is resolved or are they choosing to do so?
    Yes and no, its somewhat of a gray area. However they're going down the route of pausing all merger operations until the lawsuits are settled.

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    Quote Originally Posted by offthegrid View Post
    The spectrum yes. I don't know how they'll deal with antennas and attached equipment - whether those things can be separated for sale or not.
    Dish will be able to take over any of Sprint's tower leases that T-Mobile does not need. I'd imagine that Sprint's equipment at those towers would be depreciated to the point that it would cost T-Mobile more to remove it than to just turn it over to Dish.
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    So I guess its almost a done deal now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by themanhimself View Post
    So I guess its almost a done deal now?
    There are still suits filed by state AGs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DRNewcomb View Post
    Dish will be able to take over any of Sprint's tower leases that T-Mobile does not need. I'd imagine that Sprint's equipment at those towers would be depreciated to the point that it would cost T-Mobile more to remove it than to just turn it over to Dish.
    I think Tmobile would likely lease that spectrum back from Dish for the foreseeable future though because separating it via new connections down the tower, new equipment huts and new back haul to switching gear that isn't in place at all isn't going to pop up over night.

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