Friday, February 24, 2012

Spectrum Sense and Sound Policy

If you didn't see the comments my colleague and I filed earlier this week at the FCC concerning the proposed Verizon Wireless - SpectrumCo transaction, they are here.

There is a good, short Introduction and Summary, but the key points are these:

  • FCC approval of the proposed transaction will get currently unused spectrum into the hands of a wireless operator that needs it to better serve its customers with 4G service.

  • The Commission should not review commercial sales agency and resale agreements that are independent of the spectrum acquisition and which are the types of agreements typically not subject to the FCC's review.
In light of the "spectrum crunch" that is acknowledged by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, this is a transaction that should be approved by the Commission without undue delay.