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Pai Statement on T-Mobile MetroPCS License Transfer Approval

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Released: March 12, 2013
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See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

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March 12, 2013 Courtney Reinhard, 202-418-2013

Email: Courtney.Reinhard@fcc.gov

STATMENT OF COMMISSIONER AJIT PAI

ON APPROVAL OF THE T-MOBILE AND METROPCS LICENSE TRANSFER

Re:

Applications of Deutsche Telekom AG, T-Mobile USA, Inc. and MetroPCS

Communications, Inc. for Consent to Transfer Control of Licenses and Authorizations,

WT Docket No. 12-301.

When markets are competitive, consumers are better off when the government forbears

from intervening and allows private parties to negotiate and enter into voluntary agreements. As

I have said before, mutual consent implies mutual benefit, and it is accordingly in the public

interest for freely-negotiated contracts to be allowed and enforced so long as third parties are not

harmed.

That’s why I welcome today’s action by the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau

approving the license transfer between T-Mobile and MetroPCS well before the expiration of the

Commission’s 180-day transactional shot clock. Additionally, the Bureau did not impose

divestitures or similar conditions on this combination of the fourth and fifth largest wireless

providers, in recognition of the highly competitive nature of the wireless market. Going forward,

I hope that the full Commission’s approach to reviewing transactions also reflects prompt

consideration on the merits.

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