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FCC Greenlights AT&T Spectrum Deal

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Jan 28, 2016, 4:52 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

The FCC has approved AT&T's request to purchase two Cellular A Block licenses and microwave point-to-point spectrum from Cellular Properties Inc. The spectrum covers 11 counties and parts of two Cellular Market Areas in Illinois. The deal also transfers CPI's assets and customers to AT&T. Even though the Cellular A Block spectrum falls under the 1 GHz threshold, the FCC does not believe the transaction will result in any competitive harm. Moreover, the improved performance of AT&T's network in the region may in fact benefit local consumers. The agency has thus given AT&T permission to move forward with the acquisition. Small transactions such as this are common between companies. AT&T did not place a dollar value on the spectrum transfer.

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Zpike

Feb 2, 2016, 6:18 PM

Small transactions such as this are common between companies.

ROFLMAO! I just gobbled up all the spectrum, assets, and customers in 11 counties. But that's just a small transaction when I'm a behemoth like AT&T. Of course this transaction doesn't pose any competitive threat. Small carrier 'xyz' was never able to compete with AT&T in the first place. And of course consumers will benefit, because everyone knows that AT&T is bigger and better. And what everyone really needs is just the choice of Verizon or AT&T. So, when Verizon and AT&T want to gobble up all the competition, that's automatically in the interest of the consumer and every such transaction should just be rubber stamped. And also let's turn a blind eye to the fact that small carriers get to bid at a discount in spectrum auctions. So, it's co...
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