Texas, Nevada leaving state AGs suit vs T-Mobile-Sprint

The coalition of state attorneys general suing to stop the $26.5 billion merger of Sprint and T-Mobile has lost two more states, Texas and Nevada, two weeks before the trial is scheduled to begin.

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Both Texas and Nevada said Monday that they made their own settlements with T-Mobile.

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The coalition of state attorneys general, led by New York and California, goes to trial Dec. 9, arguing that the T-Mobile-Sprint deal will raise prices and be bad for competition. Mississippi and Colorado left the coalition in October, but 13 states and the District of Columbia remain.

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New York Attorney General Letitia James said in a statement that the merger is bad for consumers and she remains committed to the litigation.

Texas said T-Mobile won’t raise wireless prices in the state for five years and that it will build a next-generation 5G network in Texas. Nevada said T-Mobile will provide low-cost plans for six years, build a 5G network in most of Nevada and also provide $30 million for small businesses owned by women and minorities and funding for broadband improvements for Native Americans.

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T-Mobile has already promised federal regulators that it will build a national 5G network and keep prices steady for three years. They have approved the deal.