While the official vote date remains unchanged from April 16, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has proposed to conditionally approve the T-Mobile/Sprint merger (see below.)
The CPUC recommends that T-Mobile encact “extensive conditions”, which they’ve already agreed to:
- Provide 5G wireless service with speeds of at least 100 Mbps to 99 percent of California’s
population by the end of 2026.
- Provide 5G wireless service with speeds of at least 100 Mbps to 85 percent of California’s
rural population, and speeds of at least 50 Mbps available to 94 percent of California’s rural
population, by the end of 2026.
- Have fixed home Internet access available to at least 2.3 million California households, of
which at least 123,000 are rural households, within six years of closing.
- No retail price increases for at least three years.
- Offer the low income California LifeLine program for as long as it operates in California,
and enroll at least 300,000 new LifeLine customers.
- Increase jobs in California by at least 1,000 compared to the total number of current Sprint
and T-Mobile employees.
- Establish the capability to serve all customers for at least 72 hours (i.e., have back-up power)
after an emergency event or a utility Public Safety Power Shut-off.
- Other important commitments relating to diversity, reporting, and rural infrastructure
deployment, among other topics.
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