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Verizon Wireless defends 1.7/2.1 GHz acquisition plans

Staying with their stance of being a good steward of spectrum and the need to meet increased demand from customers, Verizon Wireless responded to a request by the Federal Communications Commission for clarification on several points regarding the carrier’s attempt to acquire 1.7/2.1 GHz spectrum assets from a number of cable companies. The FCC last week has asked Verizon Wireless and the cable companies looking to sell their AWS frequency licenses to provide additional details on the proposed deal. The FCC had previously announced plans to combine the separate transaction into one timeline.

In its filing, Verizon Wireless defended the plan, explaining that is has a history of rationalizing its spectrum holdings, specifically pointing to previous deals where it has exchanged it’s a- and B- block 700 MHz spectrum assets for licenses in higher spectrum bands.

Tackling perhaps the most contentious issue, Verizon Wireless reiterated that its offer to sell the 700 MHz licenses if it gains approval of the AWS spectrum sales shows that it has no interest in “warehousing” spectrum as has been claimed by opponents. However, if the AWS deals are not approved, the carrier said it would re-evaluate its position.

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