FCC approves Verizon deal to buy cable company spectrum, asks for concessions

Verizon logoVerizon received the Department of Justice’s blessing for its cable company spectrum purchase last week, and now it’s the FCC’s turn to rubber stamp the plan. The agency has followed Chairman Julius Genachowski’s recommendation and voted that Verizon can snap up the relevant AWS airspace as part of its LTE network expansion. Some riders are attached to the deal, although they’re not all weighty. Verizon has to make an “unprecedented divestiture” of spectrum to T-Mobile in addition to its swap with Leap, promise certain coverage levels in the newly acquired zones at 3- and 7-year milestones, guarantee some roaming deals and provide updates on how its DSL service adoption is impacted by all that 4G. That Verizon has 45 days to finalize the T-Mobile deal gives some idea of how quickly everything has to move, although it could be a long while before we see AWS-ready Verizon devices in the shops.

To no one’s surprise, advocacy groups are still upset: the Alliance for Broadband Competition believes the FCC decision “does not go far enough” to keep a level playing field, for example, and wants to voice its problems to the FCC. Anxiety still exists that just about any deal concentrates too much spectrum in the hands of Big Red. Still, there’s a sense among groups like these that Verizon has had to at least partially address worries over unfair competition.

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T-Mobile urges the FCC to approve Verizon’s spectrum deal, wants its cut

T-Mobile urges the FCC to approve Verizon's spectrum deal, wants its cut

It’s strange to see another network provider stepping up to the plate for Verizon, but some of T-Mobile’s big hitters have visited the FCC to do just that. The company wants Verizon’s acquisition of AWS spectrum licenses from SpectrumCo, Cox and Leap to be pushed through as quickly as possible, and its motives are pretty obvious: it comes just a month after the companies agreed to some friendly bandwidth-sharing once the deal’s done. T-Mobile has also challenged comments from the Rural Telecommunications Group (RTG), which argues that Verizon’s acquisition will hurt competition. Oh, how things have changed since T-Mobile was battling in completely the opposite direction.

T-Mobile urges the FCC to approve Verizon’s spectrum deal, wants its cut originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 31 Jul 2012 08:33:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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