The FCC says that its 180-day shot clock will remain paused until T-Mobile and Sprint have submitted all the documents that they intend to rely on and a "reasonable period of time" has passed for the FCC and third-party review.
The FCC said Tuesday it was pausing the review clock - now at Day 55 - because the two companies had submitted new information including a "substantially revised" network engineering model, a new business model and additional economic modeling.
Sprint and T-Mobile in April announced a deal to form a new company and push development of a super-fast 5G network.
Consumer groups have argued that the merger could result in higher prices for wireless customers, one of the concerns the Justice Department is considering in its own review of the transaction.
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The FCC said it paused the informal "shot clock" because of a large, complex submission on benefits that the proposed merger would create and a separate submission on network expansion.
"On September 5, 2018, the applicants submitted a substantially revised network engineering model", Lawrence said. The companies announced the proposed deal in April, capping four years of on-and-off talks between the third- and fourth-largest USA wireless carriers.
The FCC only obtained both the new engineering model and Build 9 on September 5. "Although the applicants had previously provided a network engineering model as backup for certain network claims, you explained that since that time "the model has been extended, ' and that the newly-provided model 'completes" the prior work".
What just happened? The merger between T-Mobile and Sprint will take a bit longer to get the green light from the FCC.
T-Mobile said in a statement that it looked forward to working with the FCC in the review process.