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Table of Contents - June 21, 2019

State AGs File Lawsuit To Block T-Mobile-Sprint Merger, Saying It Violates Antitrust Laws

Attorneys general from nine states and the District of Columbia, led by New York and California, recently filed a lawsuit to stop the proposed merger of T-Mobile US, Inc., and Sprint Corp., claiming the deal violated antitrust laws.

The lawsuit, filed June 11 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, alleges that the proposed $26 billion merger would increase prices for wireless consumers and deprive them of the benefits of competition. In addition to New York and California, attorneys general in Colorado, Connecticut, D.C., Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Virginia, and Wisconsin signed onto the lawsuit seeking to enjoin the proposed acquisition of Sprint by T-Mobile and to "obtain equitable and other relief as appropriate."

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CBA Proposes Auction Plan For 3.7-4.2 GHz Band

The C-Band Alliance has submitted a plan for a private auction of a portion of the 3.7-4.2 gigahertz band that it says will enable a wide variety of entities to bid on the spectrum in a process that can be completed in two to four weeks.

The Flexible Use and Efficient Licensing (FUEL) for 5G auction design was developed by Auctionomics, Inc., which has worked on auction design with the FCC and regulators across the world for decades. A senior adviser to the company is Gary Epstein, former chair of the FCC's Incentive Auction Task Force.

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