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Verizon: A Narrowband Horizon?

3:45 PM -- Frontline Communications Corp. , the public safety group backed by Reed Hundt and others, is asking the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to ban Verizon Wireless from the upcoming 700MHz auctions slated for January 2008.

This is the latest move in what is developing into a fairly ugly spat between those that want "open access" rules imposed on this new bandwidth and those -- namely Verizon -- that are generally happy with the way things are. (See The 700MHz Impact, Now Wait for Wireless Broadband , and 700 MHz: The Fix Is In.)

Will Verizon get booted? I highly doubt it. You never know, however -- many weren't expecting Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) to get the FCC to agree to any of the open access conditions, but they did.

Still I wish there a better forum for all these companies to settle their differences than a public slanging match and the law-courts. This is really too important an issue to get mired in legal actions: It will help to shape the wireless broadband future of the U.S. -- or lack of one -- for the next 10 years or more.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

wap545 12/5/2012 | 3:01:37 PM
re: Verizon: A Narrowband Horizon? Verizon Wireless is to important to the FCC as the major player (Bidder) for the spectrum. Without VW the auction will not meet the 10Billion (or so) minimum bid required in the Spectrum auction. If VW does not bid the FCC will have to re-bid the spectrum under different rules (Which VW wants anyway) and they will fail on their promise to COngress to help pay moving Broadcasters off the Spectrum.
the big question here is what will Google do (team with etc) in the auction.
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