T-Mobile Wary of Verizon Cable Deal
Warns FCC of 'Excessive Consolidation' of Airwaves
It's almost adorable how quickly T-Mobile reverted back to playing the pesky upstart after the failed AT&T deal. In a filing with the FCC
, T-Mobile is warning the agency that Verizon's new spectrum and marketing deal with the cable industry would create an "excessive concentration of mobile service spectrum holdings that is contrary to the public interest." T-Mobile argues that Verizon already sits in a comfortable spectrum position with a lot of unused AWS spectrum, and the consolidation of AT&T and Verizon spectrum has limited options for smaller carriers to the higher frequency ranges "which are more difficult to deploy due to their propagation and building penetration characteristics." Like consumer advocates, T-Mobile also says they're worried the deal involves a gentlemen's agreement to limit competition between Verizon and cable.