On Thursday, T-Mobile CEO John Legere announced that if the merger of his company with Sprint ended, the new company offer free 5G service to first responders in the United States for the next 10 years.
The proposed new T-Mobile calls this program the & # 39; Connecting Heroes Initiative & # 39; and it is part of a broad action plan & # 39; 5G for Good & # 39; that the company announced on Thursday. State and local public and non-profit organizations for law enforcement, fire and EMS can sign up for the program on the T-Mobile website and receive coverage if the proposed merger with Sprint is concluded sometime next year.
“First responders are under more pressure than ever before. With the 5G network that New T-Mobile will create, we can do our bit to say thanks, & Legere said. "We are talking about connecting every public and non-profit state and local police fire department and EMS agency and all their first responders with unlimited call, SMS and smartphone data with the highest network priority."
If all agencies sign up, Legere said they would save around $ 7.7 billion over the next 10 years. It is money that they can bet for & # 39; pay better & # 39; and & # 39; life-saving tools & # 39 ;, said Legere.
T-Mobile points out on its website that this offer only exists if the merger is terminated and that these plans may be subject to line limits. Each video streaming from these programs is also output in DVD quality, or 480p. Some areas across the country are not eligible if the New T-Mobile network does not cover this.
Earlier this year, the Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission approved the merger of billions of dollars, but it is still facing a tough battle with the states. Next month, a group of advocates-general led by New York AG Letitia James and California AG Xavier Becerra will sue the companies because the merger is non-competitive and will harm consumers. Since the Attorney General first filed their case, some states have been prompted to drop it after T-Mobile made new promises to them, as in the Colorado case.