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CONFIRMED BY FCC! Sprint to divest Boost Mobile

**Update 5/20 2:30pm** Boost will be divested within 120 days of the merger closing.

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Here are selections of the statement from Ajit Pai of the FCC. (link to full statement below):

CHAIRMAN PAI STATEMENT ON T-MOBILE/SPRINT TRANSACTION

WASHINGTON, May 20, 2019—Today, T-Mobile US, Inc. and Sprint Corporation committed to the Federal Communications Commission that they would take a series of significant steps if the companies’ merger application is approved. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai responded to these new commitments with the following statement:

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“For example, the companies have committed to deploying a 5G network that would cover 97% of our nation’s population within three years of the closing of the merger and 99% of Americans within six years. This 5G network would also reach deep into rural areas, with 85% of rural Americans covered within three years and 90% covered within six years. Additionally, T-Mobile and Sprint have guaranteed that 90% of Americans would have access to mobile broadband service at speeds of at least 100 Mbps and 99% would have access to speeds of at least 50 Mbps.

“Moreover, the companies have offered specific commitments regarding the rollout of an in-home broadband product, including to rural households. This would give many Americans another option for home broadband service.

“The companies have also taken steps to respond to concerns that have been raised about this transaction. Most importantly, in addition to their prior commitment not to raise prices for three years, T-Mobile and Sprint have decided to divest Boost Mobile. This sale is designed to address potential competitive issues that have been identified in the prepaid wireless segment.

“In light of the significant commitments made by T-Mobile and Sprint as well as the facts in the record to date, I believe that this transaction is in the public interest and intend to recommend to my colleagues that the FCC approve it. Additional information about this proceeding can be found at https://www.fcc.gov/transaction/t-mobilesprint.

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