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T-Mobile: Verizon's AWS Spectrum Plan Not Good For US

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Apr 23, 2012, 11:33 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

T-Mobile USA's senior executive team met with the Federal Communications Commission recently to discuss concerns over Verizon Wireless's spectrum divestiture and acquisition plans. Last week, Verizon Wireless said it would sell its 700 MHz A- and B-block spectrum if the FCC approves its plan to buy 122 AWS spectrum licences from five different cable companies. T-Mobile's main argument is that Verizon Wireless already owns AWS spectrum that it has left unused for six years. The FCC said in a filing, "The instant transactions would add even more AWS spectrum to Verizon Wireless' unused spectrum inventory. [T-Mobile] noted that given this dismal track record on utilization of its current AWS spectrum, it would make no sense, and would be inconsistent with the commission's charge to ensure that spectrum transfers serve the public interest." T-Mobile USA CEO Philipp Humm said that Verizon's 700 MHz sale doesn't go far enough to mitigate the concentration of spectrum it could achieve if all the deals are approved.

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Apr 23, 2012, 3:12 PM

And AT&T merger was any different?

Its not good for US meaning us (T-Mobile). Why didnt T- Mobile try to buy the spectrum? The AT&T-Mobile company would only have made ONE company better. Thats no different than Verizon trying to make itself better prepared for the future. Besides, the AWS spectrum Verizon has been sitting on is mainly on the East Coast. The new spectrum will allow them nationwide AWS covarage. That way they can acctually use it the same way in every market.
Once Verizon is denied they can sell that AWS spectrum.

Apr 23, 2012, 4:58 PM


Clearly, Verizon is attempting to strangle T Mobile by hoarding the spectrum which T Mobile desperately needs. Just say no to Verizon F C C. This is just as ridiculous as A T and T's failed bid to buy T Mobile and it should also fail.
T-Mobile has spectrum it's not using. Verizon hasn't used it YET because there is no point in building it out for half the country and not the other half. T-Mobile just doesn't have the money to build it out if they even had it.
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