House of Reps Wants Verizon's Spectrum Plans Examined
U.S. Representatives Henry A. Waxman and Anna G. Eshoo have requested that the Energy and Commerce Committee hold a hearing to allow for a discussion of the implications of Verizon Wireless's proposed AWS spectrum acquisition and 700MHz A- and B-block spectrum sale. In a letter sent to Reps. Fred Upton and Greg Walden, who chair the Energy and Commerce Committee, Waxman and Eshoo argue that it is important for proponents and opponents of the dealings to voice their opinion on the matter. "These transactions have potential implications for competition within the wireless industry. Regional carriers continue to report difficulty reaching roaming agreements with national carriers and assert these transactions will further consolidate Verizon's market power over roaming agreements. Some of these carriers have suggested Verizon's proposed sale of 700MHz A- and B-block licenses may create new impediments to achieving interoperability and contravene the FCC's stated goal" of promoting the interoperability of devices using the lower 700MHz band. Verizon announced on April 18 that it would sell its A- and B-block licenses if the FCC allows it to purchase 122 AWS licenses from a consortium of cable companies.
from Representatives Waxman & Eshoo
FCC Gives KanOkla Permission to Sell Spectrum to AT&T
The FCC has approved AT&T's proposed acquisition of several spectrum licenses from KanOkla Telephone Association. The transfer includes one Lower 700 MHz C Block license and the partial assignment of a second Lower 700 MHz C Block license, for a total of 12 megahertz, covering parts of two local market areas in Kansas and Oklahoma.
C Spire Looking to Nab 700MHz Spectrum
C Spire Wireless is hoping to buy some Lower 700 MHz C Block spectrum from Waller Wireless. The companies recently filed the request with the FCC.
FCC Approves AT&T Spectrum Purchase from Kaplan
The FCC has given Kaplan Telephone Inc. permission to sell several spectrum licenses to AT&T.
AT&T Seeking 700MHz Spectrum from Peoples Wireless
AT&T has asked the FCC for permission to purchase two Lower 700 MHz C Block licenses from Peoples Wireless in Texas. If granted, AT&T would hold 24 MHz of contiguous, paired Lower 700 MHz spectrum in the two cellular market areas in question.
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