The DoJ announced that Arkansas has joined Colorado, Florida, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma and South Dakota in the settlement, which is designed to launch Dish as a fourth nationwide provider of retail mobile wireless services.
“We are gratified that Arkansas shares our view of the tremendous benefits to competition that will arise out of the proposed consent judgment,” said Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim of the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division. “A combined T-Mobile and Sprint, coupled with competition from Dish, will provide increased value to residents of Arkansas and consumers nationwide.”
The Department’s Antitrust Division and now nine co-plaintiff states 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.
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