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AT&T Continues Acquisition Spree With Long Lines
by Karl Bode 12:25PM Monday Jul 29 2013
While AT&T proclaimed with a straight face that the "spectrum crunch" would kill the company if it weren't allowed to acquire T-Mobile, the regulatory blockade on that deal didn't wind up being much of a problem for the acquisition hungry company after all. AT&T simply turned around and instead did more than 50 different acquisition and spectrum deals over the last year or so, without having to kill a major competitor to expand.


AT&T recently spent $1.9 billion to obtain Qualcom spectrum, another $600 to gobble up Nextwave, while pursuing 51 Lower 700 MHz Band B Block licenses, four Lower 700 MHz Band C Block licenses and six AWS licenses all owned by CenturyLink's CenturyTel Broadband Wireless subsidiary.

AT&T also struck spectrum deals with Broadband Wireless Unlimited for 700MHz spectrum in several markets around the country. This is all before you factor in their recent acquisition of Leap for $1.2 billion.

As the Pac Man of telecom continues gobbling up everything in sight, AT&T today announced they'll also be acquiring the network and customers of Iowa-based Long Lines. The company owns 700 MHz, AWS and PCS spectrum licenses in Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Minnesota. In a press release, Long Lines briefly laments handset exclusivity, but notes that while they'll be ditching wireless assets but will continue to focus on rural wireline options:
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...regional wireless providers have limited access to the latest smartphones and other devices, and it has become increasingly difficult for Long Lines Wireless to meet the digital mobile needs of our customers. We concluded that Long Lines could best serve our customers by focusing our attention and investing our resources in providing new features for our non-wireless services including voice, broadband services, and cable TV, and in expanding our fiber optic network to reach more communities and customers.
A letter sent to subscribers (pdf) promises them that being sold to AT&T will help users get "better device choices and the latest 4g mobile technologies."

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tshirt
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Spectrum is always the....

....limitation, whether they need it tomorrow or in 10 years.
Of course in 10 year the FCC may be able to free up some more, but demand will outstrip supply eventually.

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Re: Spectrum is always the....

Far as I know cell phones operate on the 850 and 1900 MHz bands. I also remember the days when there was the A carrier and the B carrier. VZW is the A side carrier in Springfield MA and B side carrier in Iowa (Cedar Rapids area).

I wonder if the Long Lines spectrum being acquired covers the Centerville area (Apanoose County). I have a friend from years ago who is from Centerville.
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Re: Spectrum is always the....

A and B was pre 1900 Mhz. There are many more bands now

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Re: Spectrum is always the....

said by jdofaz:

A and B was pre 1900 Mhz. There are many more bands now

In the United States alone there are 6 bands (700, 800, 850,AWS,1900, 2.6ghz) currently in use, with 2 more (600mhz, 2.3ghz) on the way.
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Translation:Long Lines losing customers wanting fancy phones

Long Lines was more than likely losing wireless customers to AT&T & Verizon wanting the latest/greatest smartphones anyway. They saw a way to cash in before their wireless business faded away. Probably a good deal for the Long Lines wireless customers. Coverage by AT&T in that geographical area will now be better than either Long Lines or AT&T was providing by themselves.
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LOL, what a name!?

I want to know who the heck thought it was a good idea to name the company "Long Lines"? That's like a car company naming their new car the "Lemon" lol.

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Re: LOL, what a name!?

It's baaaaaaaaaaaack!

AT&T Long Lines ...

tshirt
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" No long lines " or " no lines at all" would definitely been better choices.
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For all this trouble

they should have just outbid Verizon for the national 700 MHz band.

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Re: For all this trouble

AT&T likes to do things the hard way. See: Uverse.
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spectrum

The more AT&T takes, the less there will be for smaller competitors. This endgame is more in sight now than ever before. By forcing smaller competitors to spend more and more money they don't have will force them out of business faster. The telecom industry seldom lets assets go to waste.. whether in bankruptcy or a pre-bankrupt takeover -- the duopolization of wireless is almost complete.

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...Iowa City, IA and Cedar Rapids, all Verizon?

From 2002-2006 I lived in Iowa city, from Chicago...however, I remember somewhere between that time we rolled out 3G. I got the latest 3G phone and always had excellent call quality. If I remember correctly, some cell sites were already owned by Verizon. Always thought it cool that Iowa City had the same tech rollout as Chicago, at the same time.
I suffered recently living in Mississippi, where 4G was available in chicago 6-10 mos BEFORE we saw a hint that they were upgrading to 4G in MS. If u went to a VZW store, and asked about 4G rolllout, they were,"optimistic to get it within the week." So I bought a 4G Motorola Razr MAXX and waited out the 4G deployment. Then one day, poof, I wake up and i'm on a 4G network and not 3G anymore. Happiest day of my life...
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