The Federal Communications Commission has officially approved the $1.5 billiondeal to merge T-Mobile USA with MetroPCS. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski issued a statement on the approval of the transaction, saying the deal will “benefit millions of American consumers and help the U.S maintain the global leadership in mobile it has regained in recent years.”

“With today’s approval, America’s mobile market continues to strengthen, moving toward robust competition and revitalized competitors.  We are seeing billions more in network investment, while the courts have upheld key FCC decisions to accelerate broadband build-out, promote competition, and benefit consumers, including our broadband data roaming and pole attachment rules. Today’s action will benefit millions of American consumers and help the U.S maintain the global leadership in mobile it has regained in recent years.

“Mobile broadband is a key engine of economic growth, with U.S. annual wireless capital investment up 40% over the last four years, the largest increase in the world, and few sectors having more potential to create jobs. In this fast-moving space, of course challenges remain, including the need to unleash even more spectrum for mobile broadband and continuing to promote competition and protect consumers. The Commission will stay focused on these vital goals.”

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