Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
Technology | By Lionel Gonzales

Government Slows Sprint Merger With T

Government Slows Sprint Merger With T

This would allow third-parties to review it, as well as allowing for a thorough review of staff at the FCC.

The 180-day clock, the FCC letter acknowledged, "will stay stopped until the Candidates dangle accomplished the file on which they intend to rely and an cheap time-frame has handed and zero.33-social gathering assessment".

Fifty-five days into the 180-day shot clock of its review of the T-Mobile and Sprint merger, the FCC has hit the pause button.

The move itself is not a major obstacle for the merger, which needs both the FCC and the Justice Department's approval.

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Each of three separate developments require more time.

T-Mobile and Sprint have "extended" a network engineering model that was originally submitted as a backup plan. This is largely because it needs more time to review a revised network engineering model from the two companies.

In a letter to the two telecom companies, David Lawrence, head of the FCC task force reviewing the merger, noted the FCC only recently received documents that explain the modeling T-Mobile and Sprint are relying on to bolster their case. The FCC called it "significantly larger and more complex than the engineering submissions already in the record". It appears to incorporate new logic, methodologies, facts, and assumptions, on a subject central to the Applications-the transaction's claimed network benefits.

Further, in an August 29, 2018 ex parte meeting, T-Mobile executives Mike Sievert and Peter Ewens described T-Mobile's reliance on a business model, titled "Build 9, " which apparently provides the financial basis for the projected new network buildout. Build 9 therefore requires further review. T-Mobile also provided extra economic modeling that responded in part to petitions to deny the deal. "The Price will bewitch whether to extend the time limit for reply comments after receiving the leisure of the Candidates' modeling submissions".

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