With two weeks to go before the trial involving T-Mobile and Sprint's merger is set to begin, two states that were part of the lawsuit against the deal have withdrawn.
Texas and Nevada today announced that they've reached settlements with T-Mobile and will be leaving the lawsuit to block the merger. In both settlements, T-Mo has made commitments related to things like jobs, low prices, and 5G. T-Mobile has said it will cover at least 64 percent of Nevada's population with 100Mbps or faster 5G as well as providing 5G coverage "to areas where most Texans live" within three years of the merger's close.
T-Mobile has also committed to giving all Texas customers access to the same unlimited plans as those currently offered for the next five years. Meanwhile, T-Mo says it will offer all T-Mobile and Sprint retail employees new jobs with comparable wages and duties and will also maintain the existing Sprint call center in Las Vegas by converting it to a New T-Mobile Customer Center.
Other commitments made by T-Mobile include allowing Nevada to receive the full benefit of its project to provide 10 million households with 100Mbps home internet for free to help children do their schoolwork. T-Mobile has said it will make a charitable contribution of $30 million for minorities, women, small businesses, and Native American Tribes in Nevada.
Now that Texas and Nevada have dropped out of the lawsuit against T-Mobile and Sprint's merger, there are 14 state attorneys general who still oppose it. That includes both New York and California, who have been leading the lawsuit since it was first announced in June. With just two weeks left before the trial begins, you can bet that T-Mobile will be working to get more states to flip and improve its chances of winning the trial.