House of Reps Wants Verizon's Spectrum Plans Examined
U.S. Representatives Henry A. Waxman and Anna G. Eshoo have requested that the Energy and Commerce Committee hold a hearing to allow for a discussion of the implications of Verizon Wireless's proposed AWS spectrum acquisition and 700MHz A- and B-block spectrum sale. In a letter sent to Reps. Fred Upton and Greg Walden, who chair the Energy and Commerce Committee, Waxman and Eshoo argue that it is important for proponents and opponents of the dealings to voice their opinion on the matter. "These transactions have potential implications for competition within the wireless industry. Regional carriers continue to report difficulty reaching roaming agreements with national carriers and assert these transactions will further consolidate Verizon's market power over roaming agreements. Some of these carriers have suggested Verizon's proposed sale of 700MHz A- and B-block licenses may create new impediments to achieving interoperability and contravene the FCC's stated goal" of promoting the interoperability of devices using the lower 700MHz band. Verizon announced on April 18 that it would sell its A- and B-block licenses if the FCC allows it to purchase 122 AWS licenses from a consortium of cable companies.
source: Representatives Waxman & Eshoo
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