The merger few saw coming, or even being possible was realized through a Federal judges decision early this week. Judge Victor Marrero wrote, “The resulting stalemate leaves the Court lacking sufficiently impartial and objective ground on which to rely in basing a sound forecast of the likely competitive effects of a merger.” $26 billion dollars is value of the merger who’s attempts over the years have been scraped due to fears of judicial scrutiny such as U.S. Attorney Generals from 14 states from Hawaii to New York bringing suit to halt merger attempts. Sprint the #4 player in the U.S. had slipped in market share over the years while T-Mobile at #3 is looking through its energetic CEO to compete in the new opportunity created by innovation such as 5g. The companies told the FCC they would deploy a 5G network covering 97 percent of the U.S. population within three years of closing the deal. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is happy for promise while California Attorney General Xavier Becerra views the potential bill inflation and market control. The deal seems eminent but actually is in its final stages and hinges on approval from California Public Utilities Commission approving the transaction. If approved by the California commission, the deal would create a new wireless competitor in Dish, which has tried for years to become a provider, spending billions on airwaves it has stored away. Dish will instead focus its efforts on building a 5G network covering 20 percent of the country by June 2022 and 70 percent of the U.S. population by June 2023. Wall Street analysts believe the cuts will be significant and the two companies have themselves acknowledged that efficiencies could result in savings of $17 billion in operating costs.