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MSOs Sell Spectrum to Verizon

PHILADELPHIA and NEW YORK and BASKING RIDGE, N.J. and ORLANDO, Fla. -- SpectrumCo, LLC, a joint venture between Comcast Corporation, Time Warner Cable, and Bright House Networks, today announced it has entered into an agreement pursuant to which Verizon Wireless will acquire its 122 Advanced Wireless Services spectrum licenses covering 259 million POPs for $3.6 billion. Comcast owns 63.6% of SpectrumCo and will receive approximately $2.3 billion from the sale. Time Warner Cable owns 31.2% of SpectrumCo and will receive approximately $1.1 billion. Bright House Networks owns 5.3% of SpectrumCo and will receive approximately $189 million.

The agreement comes at a time when consumer demand for wireless services and bandwidth is increasing rapidly. This sale of spectrum is an important step toward ensuring that the needs and desires of consumers for additional mobile services will not be thwarted by the current spectrum shortage. While government action to free more spectrum is expected, this transaction ensures that the spectrum which is already available for mobile services is used effectively to serve customers.

The companies also announced that they have entered into several agreements, providing for the sale of various products and services. Through these agreements, the cable companies, on the one hand, and Verizon Wireless, on the other, will become agents to sell one another’s products and, over time, the cable companies will have the option of selling Verizon Wireless’ service on a wholesale basis. Additionally, the cable companies and Verizon Wireless have formed an innovation technology joint venture for the development of technology to better integrate wireline and wireless products and services.

Neil Smit, President of Comcast Cable, said, “These agreements, together with our Wi-Fi plans, enable us to execute a comprehensive, long-term wireless strategy and expand our focus on providing mobility to our Xfinity services. We’re excited about this partnership with Verizon Wireless and the future innovations we will bring to consumers.”

Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK)

Verizon Wireless

Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC)

Bright House Networks

COMMENTS Add Comment
AESerm 12/5/2012 | 4:47:26 PM
re: MSOs Sell Spectrum to Verizon

If you can get it. And you can get it if you don't overspend on licenses. SpectrumCo put down $2.4b for 137 of them in 2006. (So it appears to be retaining a dozen or so.) Not a bad return. More curious is this idea of selling each other's services. That's one way to converge: Be friends?

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