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FCC Approves Nextel Spectrum Plan

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Jul 8, 2004, 11:42 AM   by (staff)

The FCC today issued its decision on how to resolve interference issues between Nextel and public safety radio systems in the 800 MHz band. Nextel will receive nationwide spectrum in the 1900 MHz band that the FCC has valued at $4.8 billion. In exchange, Nextel will relinquish its current 800 MHz spectrum, worth $1.6 billion, and pay an estimated $2.5 billion to public safety organizations to cover the costs of a spectrum re-organization. Nextel will be forced to pay the public safety relocation costs even if they are higher. If Nextel's total costs (including credit for its own relocation) are lower than $4.8 billion, Nextel will pay the government the difference. Verizon Wireless previously announced its intention to challenge such a deal in court.

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Jul 8, 2004, 12:09 PM


any word on when nextel will get that 1.9 GHz spectrum?

I am sure verizon is crying right now. They've clearly and wisely been on a spectrum acquisition spree.

Can verizon force an appeal?
viper said:
Can verizon force an appeal?

They're sure as hell going to try. We'll see what the courts say...
Is the 1900 band as good as the 800?
viper said:
Can verizon force an appeal?

Not directly, it seems. There was prior speculation that Verizon would sue the FCC, but now it looks like they make not take that route, opting to lobby congress instead:

Verizon has every right to be pissed off. The FCC was in the wrong. They should've auctioned off that spectrum, that is all Verizon wanted; to have the chance to buy it themselves. Nextel is trying to get something very valuable for free or at the ...

Jul 13, 2004, 7:54 AM

The money is nice, but...

Well, Nextel's supposed to pay 3.2 Billion USD. Ow... Shocked

Jul 10, 2004, 4:18 PM

Nextel towers

Would nextel just up grade thier current towers or just some how roam in with other carriers 1900mhz towers?

Jul 8, 2004, 4:06 PM


Maybe we'll finally see Qchat in action? I sure hope so.

Jul 8, 2004, 3:19 PM

What happens to current Nextel users?

Since all current Nextel phones are 800mhz is Nextel going to upgrade customers' phones for free or are people going to be forced to pay for upgraded 1900mhz phones? I'm not a Nextel subscriber, but I'm just very curious about this topic.
iDEN is on its last legs as a technology, which is why it's an open secret that Nextel has been considering a switch to CDMA for a while now. So a switch to a new network was already in the cards anyway. In fact, this is probably the main reason Nexte...
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