T-Mobile President Mike Sievert and CEO John Legere are all smiles while announcing the future New T-Mobile’s first three Un-carrier Moves on Thursday, November 7, 2019 in New York. T-Mobile is laying the groundwork for New T-Mobile to change wireless for good with plans for three new initiatives, including Project 10Million, a new program designed to eliminate the homework gap by offering free service, hotspots and reduced cost devices to 10 million underserved households over five years. (Brian Ach/AP Images for T-Mobile)

US District Judge Victor Marrero ruled in favor of T-Mobile and Sprint in their case against states attempting to block their $26bln merger. The decision comes nearly two years after the pair announced their intentions to merge into the New T-Mobile.

In his decision, Marrero applauded T-Mobile for its successful turnaround under CEO John Legere.  “T-Mobile has redefined itself over the past decade as a maverick that has spurred the two largest players in its industry to make pro-consumer changes,” Marrero said in his ruling. “The proposed merger would allow the merged company to continue T-Mobile’s undeniably successful business strategy for the foreseeable future.”

Judge Marrero rejected the states’ argument that Sprint could continue to compete as a standalone wireless provider should the merger be blocked, and agreed that the DOJ’s remedy that would set up DISH as another wireless competitor would only serve to benefit consumers.

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