Verizon Offers $1.5 Billion to Lease Clearwire Spectrum
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Apr 15, 2013, 9:45 AM by Eric M. Zeman
Verizon Wireless has thrown its hat into the Sprint-Clearwire-Softbank-Dish mashup with an offer of its own. The company recently offered to lease portions of Clearwire's spectrum for $1.5 billion. The paperwork, which was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission last week, only named the bidder as "Party J," but The Wall Street Journal says insiders peg the company as Verizon. In the filing, Clearwire said it would discuss the proposal with "Party J" and Sprint. Sprint is currently attempting to purchase the 49% of Clearwire that it does not already own. It's not clear why Sprint would allow Verizon to lease spectrum that it itself is attempting to gain control over. It's also unclear whether or not the federal government would allow such a deal to move forward. Last week, the Justice Department told the Federal Communications Commission that the agency needs to give smaller providers a better chance of competing with companies such as AT&T and Verizon Wireless.
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Does Verizon really need morrre spectrum?!?!?
1700mhz AWS spectrum,... is that not sufficient???
And I'm sure someday spectrum their currently using for CRAP EVDO will be refarmed for LTE-A.
What does Verizon want with garbage 2.5GHz spectrum?