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FCC approves T-Mobile / Sprint merger, but 10 state AGs are still Object: NPR



Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure (left) and T-Mobile CEO John Legere on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange April 30, 2018.

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Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure (left) and T-Mobile CEO John Legere on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange April 30, 2018.

Richard Drew / AP

The US Federal Communications Commission issued its October 16 order allowing T-Mobile to merge with Sprint in a $ 26.5 billion deal. The commissioners approved the deal last month with a closed door, 3-2 party line vote.

The merger was praised by Republican commissioners as a boon to the US rural and by Democratic commissioners as a disaster for consumers. The merger still faces a legal challenge from a coalition of state attorneys general.

"The commission found that the transaction will help close the digital divide and promote US leadership in 5G, the next generation of wireless connectivity," the FCC said in a statement. "Specifically, over the course of three years, T-Mobile and Sprint have committed to distributing 5G services to cover 97% of the American people and within six years to reach 99% of all Americans. This commitment includes distributing 5G services to cover 85% of rural Americans within three years and 90% of rural Americans within six years.