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FCC Chief To Recommend Approval Of Sprint, T-Mobile Deal

Law360 (May 20, 2019, 9:50 AM EDT) -- The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission will recommend that Sprint and T-Mobile be allowed to complete their megamerger based on commitments to build out rural 5G service, divest the prepaid Boost Mobile wireless unit and deploy unused spectrum holdings, Ajit Pai said in a statement Monday.

Formal approval by the FCC, however, would still require a majority vote of the agency's five commissioners, likely teeing up approval along party lines.

The $26 billion deal, which the companies have tried to sell based on the argument they can only deliver the next generation of wireless services together, would "substantially advance" the...

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