FCC Grants Filing Extension to Verizon/Leap Opponents
The Federal Communications Commission today announced that it is consolidating the deadlines for filing comments regarding or petitions to deny Verizon Wireless's spectrum acquisitions from Leap Wireless, SpectrumCo, and Cox Communications. The filing period for the Leap Wireless petitions and comments was set to expire December 28, but the Rural Telecommunications Group (RTG) and MetroPCS submitted motions seeking to extend the filing period and combine the review processes. RTG and MetroPCS argued that since Verizon is looking to acquire spectrum from three different sources, that the acquisitions should be weighed at the same time. The FCC agreed that the comments and petitions to deny should all be collected at the same time, but has yet to say whether or not it will consolidate the Leap Wireless, SpectrumCo, and Cox spectrum acquisition review process. Verizon is hoping to bag blocks of 700MHz and 1700MHz wireless spectrum from this collection of purchases, which it will use to supplement its Long Term Evolution 4G network.