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  • stockwatcch stockwatcch Jan 29, 2013 11:23 PM Flag

    Verizon pushes for spectrum ownership caps in Sprint's purchase of Clearwire

    More pressure mounting against Sprint

    From the FierceWireless article published earlier today:

    Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) pushed the FCC to apply its spectrum screen to Clearwire's (NASDAQ:CLWR) trove of 2.5 GHz spectrum while the agency reviews Sprint Nextel's (NYSE:S) proposed purchase of Clearwire. If the FCC does apply the screen to the deal, the agency could limit how much spectrum Sprint could ultimately acquire through its purchase of Clearwire.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

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    • Verizon would be forced to make a bid for clwr if FCC drops the ball on this one.

    • A problem brewing with Sprint-Clearwire's position in holding and advertised 160MHz of WBB spectrum is the overriding mandate of the FCC is 'use it or lose it' as the tide of new technology and market development makes that possible.

      Why did the broadcast TV operators face losing much of their previous channel space to free up spectrum for the 700MHz auction? Because the new digital technologies, including both OTA DTV and LTE, has made it possible to cram more channels more efficiently into the same spectrum while freeing up parts of it for mobile use.

      Meanwhile, the broad expanse of 2.6GHz has hardly been put to use and thus becomes an argument by the opponents for the FCC to now re-evaluate the licenses and free up a portion for auction or joint allocation.

      If that occurs, then it could either blow up in Sprint-SB's face or the joint use by the others could become a way to finally mount a tidal wave of use that they can ride up on top of as holders of the largest and prime steak cuts.

    • Talk about a clever no-lose gambit, Verizon has been pushing for changes in the caps review process for some time so they can obviously improve their position, however if the FCC doesn't want to change the rules, then apply them to Sprint equally and they can't control all of the Clearwire spectrum plus current holdings.

      I do believe someone at Verizon has played cards, just like Ergen!

    • I saw that coming. The flood gate is about to open for CLWR spectrum.

      • 1 Reply to foxhunt_55
      • Clwr has been basically advertising how much extra spectrum they have at the investor presentations they've held. I think they even made a slide of what they needed for there own long term use and how much would be available for sale. It is exactly what DISH is proposing. With additional operating funds also attached. Sprint is the one trying to steal it all. Poor Hesse probably isn't sleeping well these days.

        Sentiment: Hold


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