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Small Carriers Petition FCC to Shelve Verizon-Alltel Vote

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Oct 22, 2008, 1:13 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

A handful of rural network operators have sent a letter to FCC Chairman Kevin Martin urging him to delay any approval of Verizon Wireless's acquisition of Alltel. Some of the companies signing the letter include Leap Wireless and SouthernLINC, LCW Wireless, Revol Wireless and others. Several associations also participated in the letter, including National Telecommunications Cooperative Association and the Rural Telecommunications Group. The groups claim that there are unresolved roaming, spectrum concentration and handset exclusivity issues that need to be addressed before the merger should be approved.

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Oct 22, 2008, 1:24 PM

This should be interesting

Personally, I like Alltel, and would like to keep it that way. Although their phones are not the greatest, their UI is much nicer than VZW, and their plans are better.

But with these carriers asking the FCC to reconsider, it will be interesting to see what comes out of it.
This block could kill the merger, which could be really bad for alltel. Remember, the people who own it now bought it with the intention of selling, so who knows if it can remain profitable long term.

Verizon's default UI does kinda suck, but lets...
For a company as big as Verizon to merge with a company as big as Alltel won't be easy because Verizon will a huGe, huGe company, to become that huGe I just think won't be easy.
Someone needs to get these small carrier cry babies to shut the hell up or sick some snipers on their butts. Let this vote go through so we can make the switch to Verizon as quickly as possible. I am so sick of idiots complaining about the UI. It's a...
I highly doubt anything stoping this merge.

and a lot of people are happy about it.

Verizon is not forcing ANY Alltel custmers to switch over to a Verizon plan or phone.
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