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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

Photo: Alastair Pike/AFP via Getty Images

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 39 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Trump sues New York Times and his niece over tax report

Former President Trump hosting a boxing match in Hollywood, Florida on Sept. 11. Photo: Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images

Former President Trump filed a $100 million lawsuit against the New York Times and his niece Mary Trump on Tuesday over the news outlet's reporting on his tax records, the Daily Beast first reported.

Details: The suit, filed in New York's Dutchess County, alleges NYT journalists "engaged in an insidious plot to obtain confidential and highly-sensitive records" and that they "convinced" Mary Trump to "smuggle records out of her attorney's office and turn them over to The Times."

House passes government funding, debt ceiling bill

Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

The House passed a bill on Tuesday to fund the government through early December, along with a measure to raise the debt ceiling through December 2022.

Why it matters: The stopgap measure, which needs to be passed to avoid a government shutdown when funding expires on Sept. 30, faces a difficult journey in the Senate where at least ten Republicans would need to vote in favor.