T-Mobile’s merger with Sprint has been cruising through the regulatory process with few hiccups thus far, but news from the FCC makes it sound like things are a little more complicated than they first appeared. The FCC is pausing its informal 180-day ‘shot clock’ for the merger as T-Mobile has submitted substantially revised information to the Commission.
Until we see what T-Mobile has submitted, we won’t know if this marks a minor revision or a wholesale change to T-Mobile’s plans that could force a particularly thorough review. But what is clear is that the FCC review process is going to take even longer, drawing out the merger approval process well into the latter half of the year and into 2019.
The full letter that the FCC sent to the companies is available here, and the relevant sections are below: