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Colorado exits multistate T-Mobile/Sprint suit after settlement

The Colorado attorney general's office pulled out of a multistate lawsuit filed to block the proposed merger between T-Mobile US Inc. and Sprint Corp. after DISH Network Corp. promised to locate its new wireless headquarters in the state with at least 2,000 full-time employees.

Under the settlement, Colorado will be among the first 10 states where DISH plans to deploy 5G broadband services by 2023. If the company fails to meet these commitments, it will have to pay up to $20 million in penalties.

T-Mobile will build out a statewide 5G network, including in rural areas, and will offer new low-priced plans available to all customers in the state, among other things. T-Mobile faces up to $80 million in penalties if it fails to meet its commitments to the state.

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission recently approved the T-Mobile and Sprint merger, according to a statement provided by FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks, who opposed the deal.

The move comes after Mississippi exited the suit earlier this month after securing a settlement with the wireless carriers.