An attorney for the state attorneys general recently told the judge that a trial planned on October 7, 2019, may not be possible. Earlier, an attorney had filed a case to stop T-Mobile’s unification with Sprint. This week, attorney Glenn Pomerantz sent a letter to Victor Marrero, who is the Judge of this case. In this letter, he proclaimed that in return for the accelerated October 7 as a trial date, the states had been assured materials by June 28, 2019, on an agreement between the companies and the Justice Department. As the companies and government were not successful to reach a settlement, presently those materials are unavailable.
In his letter, Pomerantz wrote, “Plaintiff stated to be engaged in discussions yesterday with defendants regarding the appropriate trial date and pre-trial schedule and continue to confer with defendants.” In their complaint filed on June 2019, state attorneys general mentioned that the agreement would charge users more than $4.5 billion per year. Reportedly, Sprint and T-Mobile have agreed to numerous deal concessions, such as sell of prepaid brand Boost. This move by both the firms is intended to win over the Justice Department.
On a similar note, Irish telcos might soon experience a clampdown on their marketing technique used for broadband products. In recent times, there is an increase in complaints regarding so-called “fake fiber” advertisements. Recently, the Advertising Standards Authority of Ireland (ASAI) disclosed its plans to oblige stricter rules. These rules will prevent providers from promising “fiber” in their broadband advertisements when their connections are still dependent on old copper lines.
The latest shift follows objections from numerous consumer groups that broadband users are being tricked and they are made to believe that they are purchasing fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) products. However, presently, this technology is available to less than 5% of the state’s two million houses. The watchdog said that, at present, the ASAI is in the process to finalize a guidance note for the firms. This guidance note will set out how fiber networks should be described when marketing to consumers.