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FCC, Justice Dept. approve merger of MetroPCS, T-Mobile

WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday approved the merger of T-Mobile USA with MetroPCS, a $1.5 billion deal that combines two underdogs into a stronger rival to wireless giants Verizon Wireless and AT&T.

The FCC said the deal is good for consumers because it would quicken the pace of telecom investments and that combined, the companies would be a stronger alternative to the industry’s biggest companies.

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