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T-Mobile on Tuesday completed its acquisition of set-top box company Layer3 ahead of the launch of a pay TV service later this year.

Layer3 CEO Jeff Binder will lead the carrier's TV staff as an executive vice president, and his leadership team and 200 Layer3 workers have officially joined T-Mobile.

"The reaction to our announcement last month took even me by surprise," T-Mobile CEO John Legere said this week. "People are ready for choice and change."

The Northern Mariana Islands recently became the 56th and final constituency to opt into the FirstNet public safety network.

All 50 states, the District of Columbia and two Caribbean territories opted into the plan proposed by federal contractor AT&T by their deadline near the end of December. The Pacific territories faced a March deadline, but all three — including Guam and American Samoasigned off this month.

iconectiv, a New Jersey-based global telecom infrastructure company, announced that a former top federal telecom official will serve as the company's head of government and industry affairs.

Glenn Reynolds previously served as chief of staff at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, a Commerce Department agency that advises the White House on telecom policy.

“Very few individuals can bring the expertise and reputation that Glenn does to complex telecommunications policies and regulations,” Tara O’Neill Diaz, iconectiv's general counsel, said in a statement.

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