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Docket Opened for Transfer of Control of MetroPCS to Deutsche Telekom

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Released: October 17, 2012

DA 12-1663

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Released: October 17, 2012




WT Docket No. 12-301

On October 3, 2012, Deutsche Telekom AG (“Deutsche Telekom”) and MetroPCS
Communications, Inc. (“MetroPCS”) announced an agreement under which T-Mobile USA, Inc.
(“T-Mobile”), an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom, and MetroPCS will be
combined. In the proposed transaction, Deutsche Telekom will receive 74 percent ownership of the
combined company and MetroPCS shareholders will receive $1.5 billion in cash and 26 percent
ownership in the combined company, which will retain the T-Mobile name. Applications seeking
Commission consent to the transfer of control of the licenses and authorizations held by MetroPCS and its
wholly-owned and controlled subsidiaries and by T-Mobile and its wholly-owned and controlled
subsidiaries (collectively, the “Applications”) are expected. The purpose of this public notice is to
announce the opening of a docket, WT Docket No. 12-301, and establish the ex parte status of discussions
related to the proposed transaction. When the Applications have been accepted for filing, we will issue a
separate public notice announcing that fact and setting forth a pleading schedule.
Pursuant to section 1.1200(a) of the Commission’s rules,1 the Commission may adopt modified or
more stringent ex parte procedures in particular proceedings if the public interest so requires. We
announce that this proceeding will be governed by permit-but-disclose ex parte procedures that are
applicable to non-restricted proceedings under section 1.1206 of the Commission’s rules.2 Parties making
oral ex parte presentations are directed to the Commission’s statement reemphasizing the public’s
responsibility in permit-but-disclose proceedings and are reminded that memoranda summarizing the
presentation must contain the presentation’s substance and not merely list the subjects discussed.3 More
than a one- or two-sentence description of the views and arguments presented is generally required.4 Other
rules pertaining to oral and written presentations are set forth in section 1.1206(b).5
Notices of the ex parte presentations, which must include a reference to WT Docket No. 12-301,
shall be filed electronically in machine-readable format via the Electronic Comment Filing System
(“ECFS”). Also, one copy of each ex parte notice must be delivered electronically, by e-mail or

1 Id. § 1.1200(a).
2 Id. § 1.1206.
3 See Commission Emphasizes the Public’s Responsibilities in Permit-But-Disclose Proceedings, Public Notice, 15
FCC Rcd 19945 (2000).
4 See 47 C.F.R. § 1.1206(b)(2).
5 Id. § 1.1206(b).

facsimile, or if delivered as paper copy, by hand or messenger delivery, by commercial overnight courier,
or by first-class or overnight U.S. Postal Service mail (according to the procedures set forth above for
paper filings), to: (1) the Commission’s duplicating contractor, Best Copy and Printing, Inc., at
FCC@BCPIWEB.COM or (202) 488-5563 (facsimile); (2) David Hu, Broadband Division, Wireless
Telecommunications Bureau (“WTB”), at or (202) 418-7247 (facsimile); (3) Kathy
Harris, Mobility Division, WTB, at or (202) 418-7447 (facsimile); (4) Kate
Matraves, Spectrum and Competition Policy Division, WTB, at or (202)
391-6272 (facsimile); and (5) Jim Bird, Office of General Counsel, at or (202)
418-1234 (facsimile).

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