After California's Attorney General dropped opposition to a merger of T-Mobile and Sprint earlier yesterday, a California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) judge recommended approval of the deal. It’s considered by analysts as one of the last hurdles standing in the way of the long-fought merger.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, along with New York AG
Letitia James, led the multistate coalition that unsuccessfully sued to
stop the $26.5B merger and said they would not file an appeal. T-Mobile
said it was hoping to close the deal as soon as April 1, provided it
received approval from the CPUC.
The utility judge’s ruling stipulates that T-Mobile provides what it
agreed to in November of 2019 by offering free internet service and WiFi
hotspots to ten million low-income households with kids nationwide. The
internet offer is capped at 100 gigabytes for the year, or about eight
gigabytes a month, according to the Associated Press.
A federal judge in Washington, D.C., must still approve the Justice Department settlement