Verizon Pleads Spectrum Case to Senate Subcommittee
Verizon Wireless, Comcast, the Free Press, the Rural Carrier Association, and several other "non-interested parties" testified before a senate judiciary subcommittee meeting today about Verizon's planned purchase of AWS spectrum from a number of cable companies. The members were questioned by senators about the benefits and detriments the spectrum acquisition might pose to consumers. Verizon Wireless and Comcast both argued that the deal will put to use spectrum that is currently being left fallow and undeveloped. The Free Press, RCA, and other non-interested parties argued that the deal will further consolidate spectrum ownership and create a stronger duopoly in the U.S. wireless market between AT&T and Verizon Wireless. The deal will give Verizon Wireless 122 AWS licenses that it plans to use to enhance its LTE network. The RCA and Free Press would rather see those licenses distributed to other competitive organizations. The deal needs to meet FCC approval before it can be completed.