It is looking as though Carly, the T-Mobile girl, might finally be headed for the alter. After a 10-month romance between T-Mobile and MetroPCS, both the FCC (federal communication commission), today, and the DOJ (department of justice),last month, have given their consent to the upcoming nuptials of the number 4 and number 5 cellular providers. They still have a couple of pre-marriage test that they must pass but if all goes well we could be seeing tin cans on the back of Carly's motor cycle as soon as next month.
The following is part of the blessing the FCC gave today: “With today’s approval, America’s mobile market continues to strengthen, moving toward robust competition and revitalized competitors. We are seeing billions more in network investment, while the courts have upheld key FCC decisions to accelerate broadband build-out, promote competition, and benefit consumers, including our broadband data roaming and pole attachment rules. Today’s action will benefit millions of American consumers and help the U.S maintain the global leadership in mobile it has regained in recent years.”
Since the Bellevue-based T-Mobile's parent company is German the CFIUS (commission of foreign investments) must give their blessing before Deutsche Telekon can finally walk Carly down the aisle. Even if the CFIUS do give their blessing to the marriage the stockholders of both MetroPCS and T-Mobile have the option to stand up when the words “does anyone object to this union”. To ease the minds of their stockholders before the upcoming union MetroPCS has placed the following statement on the FAQ (frequently asked questions) section of their web site:
“Upon completion of the combination with T-Mobile, the plan is to keep the MetroPCS brand name, our places of distribution and the way we do business. The only real difference you should see is that MetroPCS will offer an even broader array of affordable, cutting-edge handsets and mobile services for the same great value you have come to expect from MetroPCS. This will mean you have more choices, more coverage and greater access to a faster, broader, higher capacity 4G network -- where you live and in more cities throughout the U.S.”
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