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FCC and DoJ Approve Verizon Spectrum Purchase

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So Much For Consumer Advocacy.


Aug 16, 2012, 7:13 PM
While the DoJ and FCC played well with consumers over the AT&T/T-Mobile deal, they seem to have abandoned us on many parts of this deal.

Verizon was very sneaky and the FCC/DoJ fell short of insight.

Everyone hold on to their wallets.

John B.

Aug 16, 2012, 7:26 PM
I see it as Verizon opening doors to sell different products, rather than cell just phones and data devices.

I thought I read an article the other day about this spectrum and cable t.v. I could have misinterpreted that article though.

Aug 16, 2012, 7:49 PM

This has the potential to bring forth a cable monopoly. Verizon is giving up spectrum to Tmobile and also requires Verizon to sign LTE roaming agreement. But in return, they gain a great foothold in spectrum for bundling cable services through broadband rather than wired. Essentially eliminating DSL. It also allows forbidding other carriers to be sold through the cable providers. This does not percieve to be a great consumer interest in spite of what the FCC claims.

John B.

Aug 17, 2012, 2:30 PM
It seems that the FCC / DoJ will approve almost any deal that gets "unused" spectrum used up, looks like that is what the federal government is trying to do. Also, with the possibility of that shared government band, saw that information in a different article.

They really seem to put the implications of the deal on the side, and just focus on the fact that "there will be more spectrum available".

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