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FCC, Verizon asked for full disclosure in AWS buy

updated 02:45 pm EST, Tue March 6, 2012

Letter urges FCC to reveal all data in AWS buy

The deal for AWS spectrum between Verizon and a number of cable companies is facing more troubles as several rivals not keen on the deal have written a letter to the FCC (PDF) asking for full disclosure. Authored by T-Mobile USA, DirecTV, and eight others, the petition asks for redacted evidence that will give them the ability to argue that the deal is anti-competitive. They argue against the parties involved in the deal with Verizon who say access to all the documents isn't in the public's interest.

They also demand that the approval process is frozen until all the documentation related to the deal is released in complete, unredacted form. Verizon and the cable companies argue they have made available enough information for the FCC to say the sale is in the public interest.

Others who sent in the letter to the FCC include the Rural Telecommunications Group, The Competitive Carriers Association, and the Free Press.

Verizon is buying the AWS spectrum to develop it into LTE networks, which would then be sold on a wholesale basis. [via SlashGear]




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