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T-Mobile, Sprint Won’t Get March Vote From California Regulator

March 5, 2020, 8:23 PM

California’s utility regulator has rejected T-Mobile US Inc. and Sprint Corp.'s request that it rule on their proposed merger this month.

The California Public Utilities Commission will stick with its plan to vote on a final decision at its April 16 meeting, Administrative Law Judge Karl Bemesderfer said in a ruling.

The companies asked the CPUC March 3 to move up the final decision date to the body’s March 26 meeting, and to shorten the public review period for the regulator’s proposed decision, set to be released by March 13. The request for a shorter review period was also denied.

T-Mobile and Sprint aim to close their merger on April 1. California is the only state utility commission, of the 19 with a voice in the deal, that hasn’t voted on it. The others have all signed off.

Sprint declined to comment. T-Mobile didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

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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