According to the rumor mill Verizon’s proposed AWS spectrum swap with T-Mobile and their 700 MHz divestitures are appeasing the FCC into accepting the SpectrumCo swap but the DOJ is still worried about the JOE with the cable companies. Whether the FCC is intent on approving it its reported they won’t do so without DOJ support as well. This is good news for consumers and competition especially if reports are accurate that the DOJ might oppose these sweetheart deals.
Opposition to Verizon’s cable deals continue from public interest groups and consumers wanting to ensure sufficient broadband and mobile broadband competition continue despite the agency resale and joint operating entity agreements
between these companies. Since a Comcast executive has admitted this is an integrated transaction both the DOJ and FCC should be examining both aspects in combination. The fact is as bad as both the license transfer and JOE are individually they are far worse together for consumers. The Consumers Federation of America has even spoken out that the JOE ends the 1996 Telecommunications Act’s competitive promise for consumers by turning competitors into partners so they can divy up the spoils of the Internet market by dividing the Internet amongst themselves. These deals must not be allowed to proceed at least not with the JOE. The license transfer must either be conditionally approved and the JOE denied or both rightly denied.
- Verizon’s cable deals reportedly get FCC approval, but DoJ remains unconvinced (fiercewireless.com)
- MetroPCS, RCA favor Verizon/T-Mobile AWS spectrum swap, but say it’s not enough (fiercewireless.com)
- Lawmakers Object to Verizon Spectrum Deal, FCC Declines Delay (pcmag.com)
- Verizon’s cable deals reportedly get FCC approval, but DoJ remains unconvinced (nfcdata.com)
- Why Verizon Wireless helped T-Mobile: To appease the FCC (zdnet.com)
- Broadband competition fears may lead DOJ to block Verizon spectrum deal (arstechnica.com)
- AT&T interested in Verizon’s 700 MHz Lower A and B Block spectrum (fiercewireless.com)