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Dish Network says that T-Mobile has gone back on promises it made in order to win permission to buy Sprint and is asking the California Public Utilities Commission to enforce the company's pre-merger commitments.

Why it matters: The effort, which follows a complaint to the FCC, centers around T-Mobile's decision to end support for Sprint's older CDMA network at the beginning of next year — a network still used by the majority of Dish's customers.

The big picture: T-Mobile's acquisition was controversial and the ultimate approval was conditioned upon selling Sprint's prepaid business to Dish. As part of that, Dish is using T-Mobile's network while it builds out its own 5G network from scratch.

The latest: In its petition to California regulators, Dish says that T-Mobile is going against a public commitment to operate the CDMA network for three years.

  • "T-Mobile’s January 1, 2022 date is inconsistent with prior statements the company made to the Commission – in sworn testimony and written briefs – that the network will be operational for at least three years to facilitate a seamless transition for customers utilizing the legacy Sprint CDMA network," Dish said in the filing, which was obtained by Axios.

Dish is asking the California PUC to reopen its merger investigation for the purpose of forcing T-Mobile to live up to that commitment. Dish has said it believes T-Mobile is trying to use the network shutoff as a way to get back the very prepaid customers it sold to Dish.

The other side: T-Mobile, for its part, has said it provided Dish with more than the 6 months notice required in its contract with the satellite firm. It maintains that it is Dish's responsibility to convert its customers over to phones compatible with T-Mobile's current network, just as it is doing for former Sprint customers still on the older network.

Go deeper: T-Mobile, once an upstart, joins the giants

Go deeper

Ina Fried, author of Login
Apr 26, 2021 - Technology

T-Mobile, once an upstart, joins the giants

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

T-Mobile has long positioned itself as a disruptive underdog, but a year after the close of its purchase of Sprint, the "un-carrier" has fully joined Verizon and AT&T in the U.S. wireless-provider big league.

Why it matters: Nearly everyone in America has a cell phone, and most people send a significant chunk of change each month to one of the major carriers, making healthy competition in this market a must.

Updated 2 hours ago - Science

NTSB probes crash that killed 10 in Alabama as storm lashes Southeast

Flash-flooding in Bloomington, Indiana, on Saturday. Photo: Jeremy Hogan/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

The National Transportation Safety Board announced Sunday that it's investigating a fiery multi-vehicle weekend crash in Alabama that killed 10 people, including nine children, as storms swept the Southeast.

The big picture: Saturday's crash on Interstate 65, south of Montgomery, occurred amid a tropical depression that left 13 people dead in Alabama as it triggered flash floods and spawned tornadoes that razed "dozens of homes" over the weekend, per AP.

Laurel Hubbard to become 1st openly trans athlete to compete at Olympics

New Zealand's Laurel Hubbard at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia, when she became the first openly transgender athlete to represent NZ. Photo: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

The New Zealand Olympic Committee has announced that Laurel Hubbard has been selected for the women's weightlifting team for the Tokyo Games — making her the first openly transgender athlete to compete at the event.

The big picture: Hubbard, 43, is part of a five-member Kiwi weightlifting team and will compete in the women's super heavyweight category. Meanwhile, BMX rider Chelsea Wolfe will become the first openly trans athlete to travel to the Olympics with Team USA, when she arrives in Tokyo as a reserve rider.