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March 12, 2013 Courtney
STATMENT OF COMMISSIONER AJIT PAI
ON APPROVAL OF THE T-MOBILE AND METROPCS LICENSE TRANSFER
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
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.