Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has issued a statement regarding today’s approval of the Sprint/T-Mobile merger by a federal district court in New York.
Schmidt said the decision was a welcome one for Kansas and a decision that would increase competition in our state, expand quality coverage in many rural areas of Kansas, expedite the deployment of 5G technology for Kansans, and protect and expand Kansas jobs.
On July 26, Schmidt joined Kansas with the U.S. Department of Justice and four other states in a filing in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia formally approving the merger subject to certain conditions designed to main competition and enhance technology deployment. The company also provided assurances it would remain a major employer in Kansas with its second headquarters in Overland Park. The attorney general’s office handled this matter for Kansas because it enforces both federal and state antitrust laws.
After that approval, a group of other states led by New York filed a lawsuit in federal district court in New York arguing the merger violated antitrust law and seeking to block it. Today’s judicial ruling rejected New York’s arguments, clearing the path for the merger to proceed.