NYT: Sprint, T-Mobile merger could get federal approval next week
Getting approval will likely require creating a new competitor.
The Times specifically mentions Dish Network, Charter and Altice as companies that have apparently been approached about buying Boost Mobile, as Bloomberg reported earlier this week. If the companies sell off Boost Mobile and enough spectrum to make a valid fourth option, then that may help them defend against the state AGs charges that a merger would hurt competition. The trick, however, is first finding someone to bite on the offer, and with even Amazon’s name coming up as an option, we’ll need to see who’s interested before things move any further.