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Sprint, T-Mobile Ask FCC to Delay Verizon's AWS Buy

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Feb 9, 2012, 1:27 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Sprint, T-Mobile USA, and DirecTV have asked the Federal Communications Commission to pause its review of Verizon Wireless's proposed acquisition of 122 AWS spectrum licenses from a handful of cable companies. At issue, say the signees, is the cross-selling agreement that Verizon has also struck with the cable companies to promote one another's services. Though Verizon has provided some information about the agreement, it has witheld some details and maintains that the cross-selling agreement doesn't fall under FCC purview. "As a result of the incomplete submissions by the Applicants, neither the Commission nor interested parties have an adequate basis upon which to assess the public interest implications of the proposed transactions," the companies wrote in a letter to the FCC. They are asking that the FCC halt its review of the deal until Verizon provides all the necessary information, and then reset the 180-day review clock back to zero. Verizon is paying $3.6 billion for AWS licenses from Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Bright House Networks. It also has a separate deal with Cox Communications to buy its AWS assets for $315 million.

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Tofuchong

Feb 9, 2012, 3:08 PM

Do it

Everybody complains about T-mobile's crappy coverage and data speeds, wonder why? Maybe if companies like verizon didnt buy up all the spectrum that they use, then never use it and just sit on it for the purpose of anti-competitive behaviour, maybe T-mobile would have better coverage and data speeds.
T-mobile would have had a chance if they wanted it! They don't even want to run a cellular company here in the US anymore so I really don't see a point to your argument also Verizon has a very solid 3g network and So far really decent 4g network and t...
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Crappy data speed? I must be the One. My data speed is roughly 2-3 times as fast as my broadband at home!
Versed

Feb 10, 2012, 12:14 PM

Well

I might slightly understand TMO's point, BUT, Sprint and Clear are sitting on tons of 2.5 spectrum and for well over a year haven't done squat with it. It seems Sprint like to make rules for others and feel its OK to do the same thing.
I would normally totally agree with you there, but 2.5 is really not the greatest spectrum. Can barelly go through a piece of paper Wink
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