FCC Officials Announce Support for T-Mobile-Sprint Merger
It’s been a years-long wait, but the Sprint and T-Mobile merger seems to finally be heading towards a much anticipated approval. The two telecommunications firms received a major vote of confidence on Monday as the FCC Commissioner announced his support for the merger, citing increased competition and Sprint and T-Mobile’s commitment for a fast buildout of 5G service in rural America.
“I support the combination of T-Mobile and Sprint because Americans across the country will see more competition and an accelerated buildout of fast, 5G services,” Commissioner Brendan Carr said in a statement. “The proposed transaction will strengthen competition in the U.S. wireless market and provide mobile and in-home broadband access to communities that demand better coverage and more choices.”
For Sprint and T-Mobile, achieving the support of the nation’s communications oversight committee brings to a near-conclusion a journey that has included on-again, off-again talks between the two firms. This latest effort, which started more than a year ago, appeared to hinge on their combined efforts to offer a competitive 5G landscape to the American consumer, while offering a third option to Americans after the duopoly of Verizon and AT&T.