While continues to await — notably focusing on whether the $26 billion deal will decrease cellular competition — California has negotiated written guarantees that the carriers will dramatically improve their coverage in the state, including 5G coverage for 99% of California households. The only obstacle: (CPUC) must approve the merger, which it previously questioned, to get the benefits.

Under the deal negotiated with the (spotted by the ), the post-merger “New T-Mobile” is committing to funding at least 10 different California initiatives. The boldest is the promised 99% 5G blanket, a presently immeasurable expense that will be audited by independent third-party testers using high-resolution coverage maps. But there are other specific benefits for California totaling $41 million, including:

Bringing high-speed Internet to 10 rural fairgrounds, A 50%

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