Ford settles with T-Mobile, withdraws from lawsuit

Nevada Attorney General Ford speaking at a forum in Las Vegas in August. (Nevada Current file photo)
Nevada Attorney General Ford speaking at a forum in Las Vegas in August. (Nevada Current file photo)

Nevada is the latest state to pull out of a lawsuit to stop a $26.5 billion merger between Sprint and T-Mobile. 

Seventeen attorneys general were originally arguing that the merger will increase prices and hinder competition. 

On Monday, Attorney General Aaron Ford, along with the attorney general from Texas, became the latest to withdraw after announcing they made their own settlements with T-Mobile.

Ford said because of the company’s new commitments to maintain Nevada jobs and expand access to rural and tribal communities, he can now support the merger. 

“With this settlement, T-Mobile and Sprint have demonstrated their commitment to preserve Nevada jobs, deploy a high speed 5G network across the State covering 83 percent of our rural communities, and offer low-price plans,” Ford said in a statement. “Beyond these benefits, the New T-Mobile will make a significant investment to enhance service to our Native American Tribal communities, contribute to programs that enhance opportunities for minorities, women and small businesses.” 

T-Mobile will give $30 million to go toward helping businesses owned by women and minorities and the company will maintain an existing Sprint call center in Las Vegas. 

Thirteen other states along with the District of Columbia are still attached to the lawsuit, which is expected to be heard Dec. 9. 

Michael Lyle
Michael Lyle (MJ to some) has been a journalist in Las Vegas for eight years.  He started his career at View Neighborhood News, the community edition of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. During his seven years with the R-J, he won several first place awards from the Nevada Press Association and was named its 2011 Journalist of Merit. He left the paper in 2017 and spent a year as a freelance journalist accumulating bylines anywhere from The Washington Post to Desert Companion. While he covers a range of topics from homelessness to the criminal justice system, he gravitates toward stories about race relations and LGBTQ issues. Born and mostly raised in Las Vegas, Lyle graduated from UNLV with a degree in Journalism and Media Studies. He is currently working on his master's in Communications through an online program at Syracuse University. In his spare time, Lyle cooks through Ina Garten recipes in hopes of one day becoming the successor to the Barefoot Contessa throne. When he isn’t cooking (or eating), he also enjoys reading, running and re-watching episodes of “Parks and Recreation.” He is also in the process of learning kickboxing.