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Verizon Likes Spectrum Ownership Caps...For Sprint
Urges FCC to Apply Spectrum Screen to Sprint Deals
by Karl Bode 06:16PM Tuesday Jan 29 2013
Both AT&T and Verizon have historically fought against capping the amount of spectrum any one company can own, both companies trotting out the spectrum capacity crisis myth when it's convenient. But with Sprint potentially acquiring a spectrum treasure trove with their acquisition of Clearwire, Verizon is busy nudging the FCC to act. Verizon wants the FCC to apply its "spectrum screen" to the deal, potentially limiting how much spectrum Sprint could acquire.

From Fierce Wireless:
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In a filing with the FCC, Verizon argued the FCC should evaluate Clearwire's spectrum in the same way as spectrum in other bands. Sprint has argued that Clearwire's spectrum is above 2 GHz and so the FCC's spectrum screen--which is aimed at capping the amount of spectrum a single carrier can devote to mobile broadband--should not be applied to its purchase of Clearwire. But Verizon pointed out Clearwire is already using the spectrum, dubbed BRS/EBS, for mobile broadband.
The move comes on the heels of similar efforts to cap Sprint's spectrum ownership by AT&T. Verizon and AT&T don't want a more powerful Sprint in the market, but they also don't want any divested spectrum hitting the market that could help new entrants, either. The most desired outcome for Verizon and AT&T -- is for that spectrum to be forced into the lap of either Verizon or duopoly BFF AT&T as part of imposed merger conditions.

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FFH5
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It is war and AT&T & V want Sprint & TMO to die

This is just them doing what is natural and expected - KILL the competition by any means necessary. The job of the FCC is to NOT let them do that. But we all know the FCC is populated by a bunch of boobs.
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KrK
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Re: It is war and AT&T & V want Sprint & TMO to die

Exactly. The FCC needs to be the regulator it is supposed to be and stop being the subsidiary of. I have little hope of either changing soon.

A great start would be whatever Verizon or AT&T asks for, look to do the exact opposite.
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rradina

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Are you kidding me?

Verizon now wants spectrum allocation to be fair? I know it's all perspective. If you don't have enough, you want forced sharing. If you have a bunch, you want to keep it.

It's kind of like the 99% vs. 1%. The 99% are green (no environmental) toward the 1% and the 1% never think they have enough.

anon anon

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Re: Are you kidding me?

A) Sprint has more spectrum than Verizon FACT

B) Verizon has given or sold plenty of spectrum. They just sold a some to at&t and more to DOZENS of smaller companies and they GAVE spectrum to t-mobile. Sure sounds like they want to kill off the competition.

KrK
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Re: Are you kidding me?

They did it out of the kindness of their hearts.

Do you believe it?
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Verizon can bid for Clearwire and it's spectrum holdings the same as Sprint and Dish -- at least when they aren't busy supporting rate hikes by dark accounting that pushes wireless costs into the regulated side of their business.

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They did it only to secure approval from the FCC for their buyout of cable owned spectrum. They most definately did not do it out of the goodness of their heart. They did it to get the spectrum they needed, they spectrum they sold or gave away was spectrum they had no intention of using.

And spectrum above 2Ghz isn't great for any kind of wireless deployment.

Just look at Sprint's WiMax service on 2.6Ghz, the building penetration is horrendous.

Spectrum needs to be weighted 2Ghz is only useful in limited scenarios and should be cheapest, spectrum rules matter a little, but this isn't spectrum that is going to really be a huge game changer for wireless companies.
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said by anon anon :

A) Sprint has more spectrum than Verizon FACT

B) Verizon has given or sold plenty of spectrum. They just sold a some to at&t and more to DOZENS of smaller companies and they GAVE spectrum to t-mobile. Sure sounds like they want to kill off the competition.

I doubt A is true.. Sprint got into the wireless game quite late.. the other RBOCS had it since Ma Bell days.. and the holdings have gotten MORE robust for them not less..

Also, if you compare the QOS between AT&T, Verizon and ANY of the other competitors you see they are at a disadvantage. They are also lower in spectrum, towers, footprint and customers. Even if Sprint has more spectrum, they're not utilizing it correctly.. when was the last time you saw Sprint realigning their 700 mhz spectrum for general tower use?!? Virtually NONE of the 3rd party tower networks are capable of transmitting on those frequencies.. IF they want to use 700 mhz they have to build their own networks.

Most of the common bands (irrespective of modulations/standards are in the high 800s to 2000mhz)
BiggA

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They all play these games

Sprint was all mad with the AT&T&T merger, even though it would have boosted Sprint in a big way. They are all fighting each other, at least in public.
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Re: They all play these games

exactly. Sprint is out there messing with other companies spectrum rights too.

Sprint and T-mobile are just deep into the games as Verizon and AT&T.