Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood reached an agreement with T-Mobile for 5G and dropped out of a multi-state lawsuit to block the carrier’s acquisition of Sprint. Before the deal between the state and T-Mobile, the merger did not include any specific commitments benefitting Mississippi, according to Hood. Only two percent of Mississippians would have benefitted from future 5G services by the stand-alone T-Mobile, he added.
Now, Mississippi residents will have better access to 5G networks, Hood announced Wednesday. The following commitments were made:
- Within three years of closing on the merger, the New T-Mobile will deploy a 5G network in Mississippi with at least 62 percent of the state’s general and rural populations having access to download speeds equal to or greater than 100 Mbps.
- Within six years of closing, it will cover at least 92 percent of Mississippi’s general population and 88 percent of Mississippi’s rural population.
- These commitments include 5G service in rural areas, including but not limited to Amite, Carroll, Choctaw, Covington, Franklin, Greene, Issaquena, Kemper, Lawrence, Marion, Perry, Smith, Tippah, and Walthall counties.
- The parties also made limited price commitments and, in discussions with the Attorney General’s Office, vowed to decrease prices as supply increased, particularly as DISH enters the mobile market.
“The world around us is almost fully digital, but Mississippi is lagging behind with internet deserts across the state,” Hood said. “My agreement with T-Mobile will help fill this gap, and I appreciate their commitments made specifically to Mississippi counties that lacked service. Access to the internet results in better access to education, jobs, and health care.”
The 5G internet service will be available to customers in their homes and businesses and beyond their smartphones, thanks to mobile routers. However, T-Mobile also promised to roll out a broadband service that will be available to hundreds of thousands of Mississippians, including those in rural areas, according to the state AG’s office.
The Attorney General’s Office also confirmed that there would be no retail job loss in Mississippi and that new stores would open in rural areas.
October 10, 2019