AT&T Continues Acquisition Spree With Long Lines
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:
...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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Re: Spectrum is always the....
said by jdofaz: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.
A and B was pre 1900 Mhz. There are many more bands now
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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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...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.
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