U.S. Cellular Eyes Verizon's 700 MHz Spectrum
Meets With FCC to Insist Sale Could be a Good Thing
As a bit of a regulatory carrot to get their spectrum and co-marketing deal with the cable industry approved, Verizon Wireless recently stated they'd be holding an auction
to sell off the excess spectrum that won't fit into the company's LTE plans. Most of those airwaves, acquired in 2008's AWS auction, exist in the 700 MHz Lower A and B Block spectrum, while Verizon's LTE network uses 700 MHz upper C spectrum. A new FCC filing by U.S. Cellular
indicates the wireless operator is very much interested in the spectrum, and notes that the carrier met with the FCC to argue the sale could be good for the wireless market. U.S. Cellular executives say they also support the idea of AT&T purchasing the spectrum (a much more likely scenario), as long as AT&T supports the Band Class 12 ecosystem. U.S. Cellular has been pushing for 700 MHz interoperability, something the FCC is considering new rules for
but which AT&T and Verizon oppose.
| |RR ConductorNWP RR Inc.,serving NW CAPremium
Redwood Valley, CA
Re: Verizon & USC
said by spamd:Actually, it's USCC (United States Cellular Corp.), USC is the University of Southern California. They can't just "buy" USCC, USCC is a owned by the Carlson Family, and until they okay a sell, USCC will stay put. USCC is the B Band Provider up here (Mendocino County, NW CA), Verizon is the A Band Provider, and the other providers are AT&T (PCS, formerly AT&T Affiliate Edge Wireless), T-Mobile and Metro PCS.
I am still surprised that VZW has not bought USC yet. It seems like the two would make a perfect match. If not VZW then Sprint should.