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FCC asks Verizon for more data on plans to use acquired spectrum

Brad Reed | March 9, 2012
The Federal Communications Commission today asked Verizon to deliver a wide range of information on its spectrum holdings and its attempts to buy spectrum licenses from major cable companies.

Both Verizon and AT&T have been employing a wide variety of tactics to gain more spectrum for their LTE networks, including proposing mergers with other spectrum-holding companies, moving their customers off legacy 2G networks and lobbying Congress to authorize more FCC spectrum auctions. The FCC has projected that growth in wireless data demand will lead to a "spectrum deficit" of 275MHz if no new spectrum is released by 2014. There is currently 547MHz of spectrum available for dual use in mobile voice and data services.


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