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T-Mobile, Sprint Ask California Regulator for March Ruling

March 3, 2020, 10:41 PM

T-Mobile US Inc. and Sprint Corp. are asking California regulators to make a final decision on their merger before the end of March.

The companies, which are aiming to close the deal April 1, filed a motion asking the California Public Utilities Commission to vote on the deal at its March 26 meeting.

“When the Commission will vote on the proposed decision in this proceeding is clearly an important issue — not only to Joint Applicants but also to California consumers, workers and the state’s economy,” the companies said in their filing.

The CPUC plans to vote on a final decision at its April 16 meeting, and will release a proposed decision for public review by March 13.

The carriers last month prevailed in a multistate lawsuit to block the tie-up, which would combine the nation’s third and fourth largest wireless carriers. The companies still need the CPUC’s approval in order to operate in the state after the merger closes.

The CPUC didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. The Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission approved the tie-up last year.

The companies also filed a separate motion asking the CPUC to cut the public review period from 30 days to 13 days, and to reduce the public comment period from 20 days to 10 days.

T-Mobile and Sprint have gotten approval from 18 of the 19 state utility commissions with a say in the deal. California remains the outlier.

To contact the reporter on this story: Jon Reid in Washington at jreid@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Melissa B. Robinson at mrobinson@bloomberglaw.com, Keith Perine at kperine@bloomberglaw.com

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