Drama in the airwaves: Verizon one step closer to buying AWS spectrum

Drama in the airwaves: Verizon one step closer to buying AWS spectrum
The drama surrounding the American wireless spectrum continues. According to the latest rumor, Verizon has gotten the FCC's thumbs-up in its quest to purchasing some AWS spectrum. However, this doesn't seem to be the end of the story, as the Department of Justice is still unsure if it should give its blessing.

The story of the AWS spectrum is actually a pretty interesting one. In 2006, some of the major cable operators like Spectrum Co. (a JV made up of Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks), Cox and Leap Wireless teamed up to purchase a large chunk of it, in hopes of using it to compete against wireless carriers. However, since it largely remains unused to this day, Verizon has decided that it should try its luck and attempt to buy it for its own use. Not everything went according to plan, though, as T-Mobile, headed by then CEO Philipp Humm, criticized the deal by saying it would be inconsistent with the FCC's charge to ensure that all spectrum transfers serve the public interest. Apparently, Verizon really wanted to get its hands on that spectrum, as it decided to sell its own 700MHz A and B licenses to appease the regulators. Not only that, but it also reached an agreement with T-Mobile, which would require Big Red to transfer some of its AWS goodness to T-Mobile, and in return, T-Mobile would stop being such a pain in the neck. Hey, it may not be beautiful, but that's what business is about, folks.

Now that it's said the FCC is OK with the deal going through, Verizon only needs to get the DoJ's approval, and it's well on its way to building one mind-blowing, particle-accelerating 4G LTE network.

source: IntoMobile



1. maxican16

Posts: 364; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

Now if only VZW were not encrypting bootloaders...

2. Knicknevin

Posts: 154; Member since: Mar 18, 2011

and screwing everyone on the cost of data...pretty soon, they will gouge us not on only cost per MB (likely around $2 or $3) but also surgcharge for video and music as opposed to text.

5. kaintae

Posts: 98; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

It's basic economics. Bandwidth is not unlimited. The carriers have to do what makes sense to remain profitable. the companies with a smaller customer base can afford to offer "unlimited" data (read the fine print) because other than that and low prices, there's no other appeal to join them. You don't hear people talking about how great Sprints coverage is! If the bigger carriers did that, their networks would crash and burn. So instead of getting on the bigger companies for "screwing" you, you should be picking on the nerds who find streaming 20GB of data a month through their phones necessary, thus forcing the carriers to "gouge" the prices in order to maintain reasonable service quality.

7. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

first person i've seen that actually defends logical business sense instead of selfishly complaining as a consumer that high quality services should be offered for pennies...+1.

3. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I know Verizon is expensive. In life you get what you pay for. I have had 4G LTE everywhere I have been with Verizon. If 4G is not available then I have SOLID 3G. That is from EAST to WEST coast. (Yes I have to travel a lot.) On Sprint I was fine in the "city" but in the "suburbs" I had less than stellar coverage & that is being nice. Now if I was in the woods, mountains or the farm, then forget about. I give props for the way Verizon keeps maintaining & upgrading their already phenomenal 4G LTE coverage. I can't knock them because I am getting what I pay for. I have to say this, Verizon's coverage is the Ferrari, Rolex, Diamond, or Palace of mobile carriers & I can truly say this, they are the BEST hands down. There is just no dispute. It's money well spent if you want speed (4G LTE) & coverage. I am not disappointed at all. Most people in life can't say they have the best car, the best house, the best jewelry, or even the best food to eat. I can truly say I have the BEST carrier in the US, & that is Verizon. Who can argue with that?

6. bolaG

Posts: 468; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Agreed. VZW is the best for the money. Coverage practically everywhere exept some rural areas in the mid-west. The largest LTE network, Motorola awesomeness, great coverage, and pretty dam good customer service.

8. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Yes, the RAZR is quite the beast, combine it with a Lapdock and a wireless controller, THEN YOURE HAVING FUN! all at 4g speeds.

4. Immolate

Posts: 310; Member since: Jun 17, 2011

Saw an article this morning that 32 Democrats from the house are pushing the Obama Administration to block this deal. Justice reports to the POTUS. Who is hurt when Verizon is stronger? AT&T and Sprint to name two. As mentioned, T-mo has been convinced to participate in order to give the FCC cover to approve.

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