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Colorado joining T-Mobile/Sprint settlement

Christian Fernsby |
Colorado is seeking to join the United States, Florida, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma and South Dakota in settling claims relating to the proposed merger of T-Mobile and Sprint, the Department of Justice announced.

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The settlement requires a substantial divestiture package in order to enable a viable facilities-based competitor to enter the market. Further, the settlement will facilitate the expeditious deployment of multiple high-quality 5G networks for the benefit of American consumers and entrepreneurs.

“We are pleased that Colorado has left the New York and California litigation and is seeking to join our settlement,” said Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim of the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division. “The merger, with the divestitures, will benefit Coloradoans and American consumers nationwide.”

The Department’s Antitrust Division and now eight co-plaintiff states have sued to block this transaction, and have agreed to settle the lawsuit based on the proposed settlement. That settlement, if approved by the court, would resolve the Justice Department’s and the co-plaintiff states’ competitive concerns.

Under the terms of the proposed settlement, T-Mobile and Sprint must divest Sprint’s prepaid business, including Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile and Sprint prepaid, to Dish Network Corp., a Colorado-based satellite television provider. The proposed settlement also provides for the divestiture of certain spectrum assets to Dish.

Additionally, T-Mobile and Sprint must make available to Dish at least 20,000 cell sites and hundreds of retail locations. T-Mobile must also provide Dish with robust access to the T-Mobile network for a period of seven years while Dish builds out its own 5G network.

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