The U.S. Federal Communications Commission approved the T-Mobile US Inc.-Sprint Corp. merger on Oct. 16, according to a statement provided by FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks, who opposed the deal.
Jessica Rosenworcel, the commission's other Democratic commissioner on the five-person agency panel, also released a statement Oct. 16 saying she voted against an item to approve the deal and suggesting that the item passed by a party-line vote of 3-2.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai formally recommended the approval of the deal in August. A majority of the Republican-led commission has publicly supported the deal since May.
The U.S. Department of Justice, the other federal entity charged with approving the deal, conditionally approved the deal in July.
A multistate lawsuit filed by a group of attorneys general remains unresolved. In their complaint, the attorneys general alleged the deal would stifle innovation and result in higher prices for consumers.
The trial is set to begin Dec. 9.
A spokesperson for Pai was not able to be immediately reached for comment.