In the last whirl of the T-Mobile-Sprint merger drama, Colorado leaves a lawsuit against the deal after Dish Network agreed to house its new wireless headquarters in the state.
The Colorado Attorney General's office announced its decision Monday after Dish promised that the state would be one of the first in the nation to receive 5G services and become the home base for its new wireless head office, creating thousands of jobs. The DOJ approved the T-Mobile-Sprint merger as early as July after it was able to assemble a new wireless competitor by allocating part of the Sprint spectrum to Dish. The Federal Communications Commission voted formally at the end of last week to approve the merger.
Dish is positioned to become the third largest wireless competitor after negotiations with the Justice Department to approve the merger.
Dish, however, will not build a new head office. The company is already housing its call center staff at the & # 39; Riverfront & # 39; facility in Littleton, Colorado and all new wireless head office staff will work in that building (which looks eerily like the location of a Cabela).
"The current settlement with Colorado positions DISH, a company established in Colorado, to have a transforming impact on the wireless market," said dish platter Charlie Ergen in a statement. "This will strengthen competition for millions of current and future customers across America and at the same time bring the first virtualized standalone 5G broadband network to life.
Colorado used to be part of a multi-state lawsuit led by the New York State Attorney General's office to block the merger. Colorado is now the second state to fall out of the suit with Mississippi. A trial date has been set for December 9.
"The agreements we are announcing today address those concerns by ensuring jobs in Colorado, building a fast 5G network globally that will benefit rural communities in particular, and cheap mobile plans," said Assistant Attorney General General Natalie Hanlon Leh. in a statement The Colorado sun. "Our announcement today ensures that Coloradans will benefit from the success of Dish as a nationwide wireless competitor."
In a press release, Dish said it "expects to employ 2,000 full-time employees" at its Colorado headquarters in the next three years.