The FCC looking for comments on yet another T-Mobile-Sprint merger study, prepares to unpause the 180-day decision clock

The FCC looking for comments on yet another T-Mobile-Sprint merger study, prepares to unpause the 180-day decision clock
The Federal Communications Commission isn’t exactly the people’s favorite commission (if there is such a thing), but one thing that can’t be denied is that the FCC has pulled out all the stops when it comes to the merger between T-Mobile and Sprint, which is now apparently 90% likely to happen.

In its latest effort to gather as many opinions as possible, the FCC is allowing the public to submit comments on study recently presented by the merger applicants. The material titled “Economic Analysis of the Proposed T-Mobile/Sprint Merger” was submitted by T-Mobile on November 6 and as you can imagine showcases the economic benefits of the acquisition. According to the FCC it “represents a substantial body of new material on economic issues central to the review of the proposed transaction”.

The Commission considers the newly presented data important enough to require the gathering of comments from both individuals and corporate entities but notes that those who want to contribute should only focus on the latest study. The deadline for submitting a comment is December 4, 2018 and one can go about doing it either electronically or by paper, following the FCC's rules regarding each method.

If T-Mobile or Sprint haven’t submitted further materials that need additional public comments by December 4, the FCC is planning to resume its 180-day clock. The 180-day clock is counting down the time left for the FCC to make its decision about the merger. It was paused on September 11 on day 55 of the 180 to allow more time for discussion and examination of the submitted documentation both for and against the merger.

The 180-day period is informal, and the FCC isn’t bound by any rule or law to make the decision within that time frame. When you add to that the possibility of pausing the clock at any time, there’s really no guarantee when the final verdict will be out.

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3 Comments

1. Soundjudgment

Posts: 370; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

SprinT-Mobile ... getting closer!

2. BGChicago

Posts: 222; Member since: Nov 16, 2014

Hoping they will keep T-Mobiles philosophy - best customer service of any company out there, extra perks for customers and easy BYOD.

3. droiduh

Posts: 97; Member since: Jun 04, 2015

Nah they all will disappear as soon the merger is approved.

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