the requirements are hollow Verizon will just ignore them like they do everything else, and will end up "selling" the spectrum to the already hoarding AT&T, and AT&T will sit on it to quash competition even more. When does the new revolution start?
Re: the requirements are hollow The new revolution starts sept. 17th on NBC looks great.
Re: Verizon must be confident sale won't hurt it This spectrum should be unattractive to AT&T as it's saddled with a short (1yr) buildout string attached. I see big T's involvement as a play to make it more expensive for the smaller competitors.
is the spectrum even worth anything? with those buildout requirements, is this spectrum even worth anything to anyone?
I don't see anyone getting it done in a year. FCC bailout?
Re: is the spectrum even worth anything? The FCC is as useless as a pile of crap. Period. End of sentence. I can't even remember when they had a y balls to go after and/or enforce an REAL requirements that actually had any teeth. Sure, they will fine a company from time to time, but for what? A small infraction, and probably only for publicity to make it look they are worth something. Bigger infractions get sent to court, and ultimately get dismissed anyway.
The FCC is OWNED buy the companies they are supposed to regulate.
! Isn't there a spectrum shortage? Why would Verizon do this?
And.. ..And if Verizon NEEDED the cable companies spectrum. Where did this spectrum come from that they own and now want to sell?
Re: And.. The FCC auctioned it off and the cable companies bought it. At the time they thought they could build out a wireless network and compete in the mobile business. Cox was the only one that actually started to build out then found out it would be too expensive to make it work. So they abandoned the project.
AT&T needs it AT&T needs the spectrum, and if Verizon has to divest it to AT&T, that's good, as both carriers will be in a more equal competitive position long term, which is a good thing.
It doesn't matter if AT&T and Verizon have 10mhz of spectrum each, or 100mhz of spectrum each, as long as the amount between the two is very similar.