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Verizon’s Spectrum Purchase Approved by FCC

Just yesterday, the FCC approved plans Verizon had to acquire spectrum licenses from SpectrumCo, which was a joint venture between Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Bright House Networks. Verizon will be using this spectrum to help continue enhancing and increasing the roll our of their 4G LTE network across the United States. They’ve said they plan to have it completely done by the end of 2013, which if you think about it, that isn’t bad timing at all when trying to cover all 50 states. Dan Mead, CEO of Verizon, has specifically said that Verizon will “work aggressively to ensure” that this unused spectrum will be put to use to “quickly benefit customers.”

This approval will allow Verizon to move forward with the selling of their 700MHz lower A and B block spectrum licenses, something Dan Mead has claimed that will help “benefit” other carriers. While this is all fantastic news for Verizon, I honestly ask myself how in the world are other companies like AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile are ever going to catch up with how massive Verizon is becoming.

I’m really not sure whether to cheer or be said that I don’t have a contract with Verizon. Here’s the full statement from Dan Mead, CEO of Verizon:

“This purchase represents a milestone in the industry and we appreciate the FCC’s diligent work to review and approve the transaction,” said Dan Mead, president and chief executive officer of Verizon Wireless.  “We will work aggressively to ensure that we put this previously unused spectrum to use quickly to benefit customers.”

The approval of these transactions also means Verizon Wireless can move forward with its previously announced plan to sell its 700 MHz lower A and B block spectrum licenses.  Mead added, “We expect a very robust sales process as more than 65 parties have requested and received information about the spectrum we are selling.  Selling the A and B licenses will allow this spectrum to be used to the benefit of other carriers and their customers.”

With this happening, maybe Verizon will eventually decide to roll out their very own cable service too (kidding of course, but its not out of the realm of possibility)? Actually, Verizon rolling out their own cable services would be interesting to see. Verizon even rolling out an Over-the-Air internet service would be interesting. We already know it’s possible and that they have the tools to do it, so it’d be interesting to actually see it happen.

Whatever the case, Verizon is now doubly leading the charge when it comes to 4G LTE capabilities. I wonder as to how AT&T is going to catch up with this giant company. I’m not evening counting on Sprint to catch up since a lot of their phones aren’t capable of 4G at all.

Anyone think Verizon will be offering an Over-The-Air Internet service eventually? Like I said, it’s an interesting thought, they have the tools, so what’s stopping them? Is it because they already have the broadband card? Let us know in the comments below!

source: Droid Life

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