WSJ: Verizon to get green light from regulators on spectrum deal

WSJ: Verizon to get green light from regulators on spectrum deal
Back in July, we told you that the FCC had given Verizon the thumbs up to purchase some AWS spectrum from a number of cable firms for $3.9 billion. Now, the remaining regulatory approval that Big Red had been waiting for has apparently arrived as the WSJ is reporting that the $3.9 billion deal has been cleared by the appropriate agencies.

Some of the areas covered by the AWS spectrum

Some of the areas covered by the AWS spectrum

In order to make sure that the deal would skirt by the anti-trust regulators, side deals between the cable companies involved to sell each other's service were limited in scope and duration. Critics of the deal said that the pacts were actually agreements between the companies not to take broadband internet, cable and telephone customers away from each other. Verizon and Comcast also agreed not to act under the joint marketing agreement in areas where they compete for internet, cable and phone customers.

The transaction was proposed in December and involved the purchase of the spectrum from the cable companies who had originally purchased it in an attempt to compete against the mobile operators. The firms involved included Spectrum Co. (a joint venture made up of Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks), Cox and Leap Wireless.

Verizon was so anxious to get the deal with the cable companies done that it sold its 700MHz A and B licenses to make sure that the regulators would sign off on it.

source: WSJ via Reuters

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6 Comments

1. JordanCox

Posts: 21; Member since: Apr 17, 2011

Does this mean i'm gonna get better service and more coverage soon? Because if not, then i really don't care haha.

2. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Yes! More 4G Lte for me.

3. sid8911

Posts: 54; Member since: May 29, 2010

yeaa more 4g mor me too:)

4. sid8911

Posts: 54; Member since: May 29, 2010

i feel bad for montana :(

5. shiftmobile

Posts: 10; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

What block of 700Mhz is it that they own the whole area of the US? C block?

6. Gawain

Posts: 431; Member since: Apr 15, 2010

Big win for Verizon.

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