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Verizon Wireless Has Won the 700 MHz C Block

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Mar 20, 2008, 2:10 PM   by Eric M. Zeman
updated Mar 20, 2008, 3:29 PM

Today the FCC announced winners in the 700 MHz spectrum auction. Verizon Wireless was the biggest winner. It snagged the C Block of spectrum with its bid of $4.74 billion. The C Block was the largest swath of airwaves being auctioned off, and Verizon's new 700 MHz licenses cover the entire continental U.S. plus Hawaii. The FCC also said that AT&T won 227 regional licenses in the B Block. Those new licenses cover many major cities, including: Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Houston, NYC, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Seattle, San Diego, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. AT&T's licenses do not, however, blanket the country as Verizon's do. Other winners include MetroPCS, which won a large A Block license covering the metropolitan Boston region, and Qualcomm, which won E Block licenses covering Boston, Los Angeles, NYC, Philadelphia, and San Francisco. Frontier Wireless, in partnership with EchoStar, also won an E Block license that covers almost all of the U.S. Google, which was bidding on the C Block, did not win any licenses.

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Mar 20, 2008, 2:18 PM


interesting; I thought that AT&T or Google would be the winner. well, we'l see.
not even, prolly yahoo!!
There is no one winner.

Verizon won the most valuable spectrum, but there is more than one license for every part of the country.

AT&T did pick up plenty of spectrum as well.
Why would you think that? Verizon has more money, the best network. They're taking over the world with Vodaphone.

Mar 20, 2008, 2:32 PM

Was there ever any doubt

Verizon needed this we all knew they won.
Top Of The World...King Of The Hill etc...

Mar 20, 2008, 11:01 PM


Yea we know. VZW has great coverage. Well... your choice of new phones suck. Get with it already. Everybody has good coverage. Yes... I am a VZW customer and have plenty of lines to prove it, but what is the problem with getting some cool phones to the market. Black and White TVs went out a long time ago. Just like your phone selection.
curve/prada/touch coming soon according to phonearena.com

what are you looking for?
The C Block is open access. Basically, they CAN'T restrict devices (so long as they operate without interfering with other devices and/or the network). To me, that means almost limitless device choices.

Mar 20, 2008, 5:59 PM


remember, AT&T picked up a lot of spectrum with their Aloha Partners purchase. AT&T will cover 100 percent of the top 200 markets with the Aloha acquisition and the FCC auction.
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