FCC Support Of Sprint, T-Mobile Deal Won't Tie DOJ's Hands

Law360 (May 20, 2019, 7:48 PM EDT) -- Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai voiced support Monday for Sprint and T-Mobile's $26 billion megamerger based on new divestiture and 5G buildout commitments, in what deal opponents say is an unusual move getting ahead of U.S. Department of Justice scrutiny that's unlikely to simply accept the commission's approval.

Critics of the deal, which would reduce the number of U.S. wireless providers from four to three, said the FCC and DOJ Antitrust Division usually perform their merger reviews in close coordination, with the commission typically following the department's lead and its expertise in competition law. Even if the FCC's likely party-line...

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