Friday, March 08, 2013

T-Mobile/MetroPCS Merger Clears DOJ, Still Faces FCC Review

According to news reports, the U.S. Department of Justice has declined to raise any objections to the proposed T-Mobile/MetroPCS merger. ThFCC's review of the merger is still ongoing.

FSF President Randolph and I filed comments in the FCC's merger review proceeding. We did not specifically endorse the proposed merger but emphasized the kinds of considerations that should guide the FCC's analysis. A December blog post, "The FCC, Merger Reviews, and Job Protectioncautioned the FCC against misusing its review authority to achieve policy goals extraneous to existing statutory and regulatory requirements.  (See also "FCC Should Reject CWA's Job Protection Pleas.")

The FCC's self-imposed 180-day shot clock for the proposed T-Mobile/MetroPCS merger runs until April 24. Hopefully, the FCC will reach its decision without delay.