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We now have the more detailed report from Bloomberg (link below) As we stated in the first post, among the options being discussed is the separation and potential sale of the prepaid businesses. Other options — such as selling airwave licenses or setting up a new fourth carrier through a network-leasing arrangement — are being discussed but Read more…

Per a report on TheFly, T-Mobile and Sprint are considering different concessions in order to save the merger, including a sale of their prepaid businesses. While the report (link below) is just a snippet at this point, the way it’s worded could mean one prepaid business (Boost?) or multiple, if not all of them. We’ll update as Read more…

(Link below) – There are some new merger documents on FCC website, including a letter to the FCC from Sprint that has some quite interesting information in it. Including: The message was clear: achieving such assumptions were not realistic and Sprint’s turnaround efforts were failing” but in 2015 Sprint extended CEO Marcelo Claure’s contract until 2019, and Read more…

According to an article in MarketWatch (link below) MoffettNathanson analyst analyst Craig Moffett said that he was lowering his odds of a T-Mobile and Sprint merger to “less than a coin toss.” He called two recent announcements from T-Mobile around pricing and broadband plans in rural markets “Hail Mary” moves that wouldn’t have been made by “a team Read more…

*Updated – We now have a link to the story. See below.  According to a memo sent to Sprint employees today, CEO Michel Combes has told employees of a not-so-rosy picture if the T-Mobile merger doesn’t go through. We believe the memo included a quote from a letter Sprint previously submitted to the FCC:  “Without the merger, Read more…

Link to report PDFs below… Washington, D.C. – According to a new Communications Workers of America report, Disrupting Rural Wireless, T-Mobile’s 2018 acquisition of regional carrier Iowa Wireless (“iWireless”) harmed customers, workers, and small business owners, especially in rural parts of Iowa. Ahead of scheduled Capitol Hill hearings this week on the T-Mobile/Sprint merger, the iWireless story Read more…

According to a story in Ars Technica (link below), Five US Senators warned that the T-Mobile US/Sprint merger could hurt consumers and urged the Senate Commerce Committee to hold a hearing on the deal.  The letter was sent by Sens. Edward Markey (MA), Amy Klobuchar (MN), Tom Udall (NM), Tammy Baldwin (WI), and Richard Blumenthal (CT). They also Read more…

Per an article in FierceWireless (link below), While T-Mobile’s proposed merger with Sprint is currently going nowhere due to the nation’s longest government shutdown, other issues are coming up that could complicate what previously appeared to be a likely positive outcome for the companies. An investigation by The Washington Post found that high-ranking T-Mobile executives stayed at Read more…

In a statement to attendees, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) confirmed that its annual summit of the industry will face some effects of the U.S. government shutdown. Because of the shutdown, a number of government officials who were scheduled to speak and be involved with different panel discussions at CES 2019 have informed the association they’ve had Read more…

According to an article in theverge.com (link below), the FCC has wound down most of its operations. Should its lapsed funding not be restored, the commission says “all FCC activities will cease” as of mid-day Thursday, January 3rd, “other than those immediately necessary for the protection of life or property, performing other excepted activities, or those funded Read more…

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