AT&T to Buy Regional Carrier In Iowa
AT&T and Long Lines recently announced that AT&T has agreed to acquire the regional operator for an undisclosed sum. Long Lines operates wireless and wireline networks in Iowa. AT&T will acquire the spectrum, assets, and customers of Long Lines' wireless business. It has also agreed to lease fiber-based backhaul transport from Long Lines, but AT&T will not be purchasing the wireline business itself. Long Lines owns spectrum licenses in the 700MHz, AWS, and PCS bands across Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, and North and South Dakota. The companies expect the transaction to close by the end of the year. Earlier this month, AT&T announced plans to purchase Cricket Wireless, as it continues to seek ways to increase its spectrum holding.
Verizon and T-Mobile Agree to $173M Spectrum Swap
Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile have agreed to exchange AWS-1 and PCS spectrum in dozens of markets around the country in a deal valued at $173 million. The spectrum in question covers portions of Arkansas, California, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Virginia.
FCC Hands Out More AWS-3 Licenses to Auction Winners
The FCC has delivered more licenses to winners of the AWS-3 spectrum auction, which concluded earlier this year. The bulk of licenses granted this week were given to Orion Wireless LLC and Geneseo Communications Services, and cover areas of Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
MetroPCS Introduces $60 Family Plan
MetroPCS is offering families a new deal that starts at $60 per month for two lines. The refreshed family plan includes unlimited talk, text, 6 GB of data, Music Unlimited, and mobile hotspot for each line.
Verizon Picks Up XO's Fiber Network to Beef Up Backhaul
Verizon Communications today said it has agreed to acquire XO Communications' fiber business for $1.8 billion. The deal, says Verizon, will help it serve its enterprise and wholesale customers, as well as allow Verizon to further densify its cellular network.
T-Mobile To Buy iWireless
T-Mobile today announced that it will become the sole owner of iWireless (Iowa Wireless), expanding T-Mobile's reach in the Iowa area. iWireless is a leading regional wireless provider serving Iowa, western Illinois, and eastern Nebraska with 103 full service company stores and authorized dealers that serve approximately 75,000 customers.
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