A Sprint sign is seen at the top of a Sprint retail store in midtown Manhattan, New York, New York, united states of america, September 22, 2017. REUTERS/Amr Alfiky
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. ministry of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission shall be submitted to the court on Friday to support the merger of T-Mobile TMUS.(O) and Sprint (S. N), the third-and fourth-largest wireless carriers.
A group of state attorneys general has asked a court to stop the $26 billion deal, saying it would lead to higher prices for customers. The case is being heard in federal district court in New York city, and was able to wrap it up on Friday.
At their request, to the Department of Justice and the FCC found that, as the member states, led by New York and California, will succeed in killing the deal, and the end result will be that the rural areas of the United States of america, it will be less likely to have access to 5G, the next generation of wireless.
In particular, T-Mobile has agreed to provide 5G coverage for 85% of the rural population are within three
the year, as many as 90% of the rural population within six years,” the agencies said in the filing.
The Department of Justice approved the merger in July, after the carriers agreed to the sale of certain of its assets to, the satellite service provider to Dish. The FCC formally approved the merger in October this year.
The agencies also noted that of the 13 states and the District of Columbia, have sought to kill the proposed merger, and said that the deal struck with the Dish is “substantial relief.”
They also say that the 10 states have signed on to the Justice Department’s decision to approve the merger, while the three of them made public statements to back it up.
Reporting by Diane Bartz and David Shepardson; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Dan Grebler