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CWA Wants Conditions Placed on Verizon's Spectrum Bid

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Feb 21, 2012, 7:11 PM   by Eric M. Zeman
updated Feb 21, 2012, 7:13 PM

The Communications Workers of American today said in a filing with the Federal Communications Commission that, while it does not oppose Verizon's bid to acquire a handful of spectrum blocks from cable providers, provisions should be placed on the transaction. The specific conditions the CWA wants are for the FCC to require Verizon to continue to offer FiOS and continue to expand its FiOS footprint and rural-area reach after the acquisition is complete. The CWA also wants the to assure that the joint marketing arrangement made between Verizon and the cable companies won't put other sellers of Verizon's services in the affected markets at a disadvantage or lead to less-favorable terms and/or services for consumers. The CWA said in a statement, "The proposed transaction, without conditions, would eliminate the historic competition between FiOS and cable company services through joint marketing arrangements. The result: reduced investment in infrastructure, job loss, and higher prices for consumers. Millions of consumers in cities in the Verizon footprint where the company has not yet built FiOS will never have access to the advanced fiber networks." Verizon is seeking several blocks of 700MHz and AWS spectrum to shore up its assets.


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