FCC chair will approve T-Mobile and Sprint merger after promises of fast 5G rollout

Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai said in a statement today that he would vote to approve the proposed merger between T-Mobile and Sprint after T-Mobile made new promises to quickly deploy 5G across the country.

“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,” Pai said. “This is a unique opportunity to speed up the deployment of 5G throughout the United States and bring much faster mobile broadband to rural Americans. We should seize this opportunity.”

The two companies announced their intentions to merge last April, posing a deal…

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