U.S. Cellular Voices Interest in Verizon's 700MHz Spectrum
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Please, sir, I want some more......
I think it's unwise to express an interest in a product that may or may not be for sale, especially in Verizon's case where the FCC is more than likely going to shut things down. This story is a prime example the sm