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Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

A bipartisan pair of Colorado lawmakers want the Justice Department to investigate T-Mobile's plans to shut down a network used by Dish customers — and take quick action if necessary.

Why it matters: T-Mobile agreed to help Dish stand up its own 5G network as a condition of obtaining approval for the Sprint merger, but Dish argues that T-Mobile is putting its customers at risk with its shutdown plans.

Driving the news: Republican Rep. Ken Buck and Democratic Rep. Joe Neguse, both on the House antitrust subcommittee, said it is "critical that parties live up to the commitments provided to regulators" in a letter to acting antitrust chief Richard Powers.

  • They say that if the DOJ concludes T-Mobile's plans are contrary to the commitments the company made as part of the merger or would raise competitive concerns likely to harm consumers, "we urge you to take prompt remedial action."

Catch up quick: Colorado-based Dish has been agitating for regulators to take action since T-Mobile announced it would shut down Sprint's CDMA network on Jan. 1, 2022.

  • Millions of Dish's Boost prepaid customers use that network, and the company has said it expected to have at least three years to transition customers.
  • T-Mobile has argued it provided Dish with more than the 6-month notice required by contract, and that it is Dish's responsibility to transition customers to phones that are compatible with T-Mobile's network.

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

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Aug 12, 2021 - Economy & Business

Groups withdraw objections to Verizon-Tracfone deal

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Several groups that had opposed Verizon's purchase of Tracfone say that they are satisfied with fresh commitments being made to the FCC and will withdraw their objections to the deal.

Why it matters: The status of Verizon's purchase of the low-cost prepaid brand had been unclear amid the concerns.

Updated 15 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Omicron dashboard

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

  1. Health: The end of the Omicron wave is in sight — Transplants rebound from COVID lull.
  2. Vaccines: WHO: No evidence that healthy children, teens need boosters — Kids' COVID vaccination rates are particularly low in rural America.
  3. Politics: Biden to announce plan to distribute 400 million masks for free — Government website for free COVID tests launches early.
  4. World: WHO: COVID health emergency could end this year — Greece imposes vaccine mandate for people 60 and older.
  5. Variant tracker

University of Michigan reaches $490M settlement in sex abuse case

Jon Vaughn, a former University of Michigan and NFL football player, speaks at a press conference in Ann Arbor, Mich., in June 2021. Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

The University of Michigan on Wednesday reached a $490 million settlement with over a thousand survivors who allege that they were sexually assaulted by a former physician in the school's athletic department.

Driving the news: "It's been a long and challenging journey and these survivors have refused to remain silent," attorney Parker Stinar said Wednesday.