Having secured a bunch of 5G network commitments, the US telecoms regulator has given its seal of approval to the merger of TMUS and Sprint.

The FCC had to make the usual judgment call when it comes to telecoms mergers of weighing up the reduction in competition with the increased investment power of the combined entity.

As with apparently everything else in the US, the FCC is politicised and tribal.

The three Republican Commissioners voted in favour, while the two republicans voted against.

To the winners go the spoils and the resulting announcement was heavy on the national benefits promised by ability of the merged company to do a better job of rolling out a 5G network than would the sum of its parts.

The FCC (or at least the majority of it) is saying ‘the transaction will close the digital divide and promote the wide deployment of 5G services’.

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