Verizon Selling More 700MHz Airwaves to AT&T
Verizon Wireless today announced that it has struck new agreements to sell off portions of its 700MHz spectrum holdings to various companies. First, Verizon will sell 39 lower 700MHz B Block licenses to AT&T for $1.9 billion. As part of the agreement, AT&T will also give Verizon 10MHz blocks of AWS spectrum in Los Angeles and Fresno, Calif., Phoenix, Ariz., and Portland, Ore. Second, Verizon will sell lower 700MHz B Block licenses covering Charlotte, Greensboro, and Raleigh-Durham, N.C., to Grain Management for $189 million. Grain Management is a private equity firm based in Sarasota, Fla. Verizon will lease a single AWS license from Grain Management that covers Dallas, Texas. The transactions require regulatory approval before they can be completed. Verizon agreed last year to sell some of its 700MHz spectrum after the Federal Communications Commission gave it permission to purchase AWS spectrum licences from a consortium of cable companies.
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More Carriers and Phone Makers Agree to Adopt Google's RCS-Based 'Android Messages' Service
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AT&T and Pine Cellular Seek to Swap Spectrum Leases
AT&T and Pine Cellular have asked the FCC for permission to lease one another's spectrum. AT&T wants to snag a leased license in the Lower 700MHz B Block in parts of Arkansas from Pine.
Verizon Fires Up AWS in Louisville
Verizon Wireless today launched LTE 4G service on its AWS spectrum holdings in Louisville, Ky. The company said it made an effort to get the additional spectrum online ahead of the Kentucky Derby, which will be run Saturday afternoon, and draws an average crowd of 155,000.
The Cartel Continues........
...that Verizon never should have been allowed to purchase A and B block in the first place. They never intended to use it. They were simply hoarding it.
Finally, someone with sense and integrity in...