Verizon’s CableCo Spectrum Close To Federal Approval, T-Mobile Getting Spectrum

Verizon Wireless has received the stamp of approval from the Department of Justice, with FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski saying he supports Verizon’s to go ahead with their $3.6 billion dollar spectrum buy tom Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Bright House Communications. While the FCC has yet to vote on the deal, it sounds like just a formality at this point.

Genachowski has said he was satisfied by Verizon’s willingness to divest some of its wireless spectrum, including the deal with T-Mobile. Verizon and T-Mobile announced an agreement back on June 25th where T-Mobile will gain AWS spectrum licenses in 218 markets across the US, including 15 of the top 25 markets.

T-Mobile will gain spectrum covering 60 million people — notably in Philadelphia; Washington, D.C.; Detroit; Minneapolis; Seattle; Cleveland; Columbus, Ohio; Milwaukee; Charlotte, N.C.; Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; Greensboro, N.C.; Memphis, Tenn.; and Rochester, N.Y. — in exchange for spectrum covering 22 million people and certain cash consideration. The agreement also includes exchanges in a number of markets in which the companies will swap licenses to create more contiguous blocks of spectrum and re-align spectrum in adjacent markets. These intra-market swaps will enhance T?Mobile’s network performance and data throughput in key locations. This agreement is in addition to T-Mobile’s previously announced $4 billion 4G network evolution plan, which includes modernization of 37,000 cell sites, launching 4G HSPA+ services in the 1900 MHz band and deployment of LTE in 2013.

“By limiting the scope and duration of the commercial agreements among Verizon and the cable companies while at the same time allowing Verizon and T-Mobile to proceed with their spectrum acquisitions, the department has provided the right remedy for competition and consumers,” Joseph Wayland, acting assistant attorney general in charge of the DOJ’s Antitrust Division, said in a statement. “The Antitrust Division’s enforcement action ensures that robust competition between Verizon and the cable companies continues now and in the future as technological change alters the telecommunications landscape.”

According to reports, regulators were swayed in Verizon’s favor after learning of their deal with T-Mobile, allaying any concerns that Verizon would gain too much control in the AWS blocks.

CNET

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  • Pdxduckfan

    Does this mean I will receive hi speed data when using Tmobile service here in Portland, OR on the International Galaxy Note 2 I will buy in the next couple of months?

    • mreveryphone

      It looks to be that way, that’s going to be my next purchase as well unless these next galaxy devices are on par!

      • http://twitter.com/SParKlngCyaNide SparklingCyanide

         yeap, that absolutely means that we’ll be able to buy a brand new Multitude of International phones due to the PCS refarm – D

    • TMOTECH

      Next couple of months… Probably not. But by the end off the year and into the first quarter of next year yes. There are no exact dates. and it is not just a matter of changing the frequencies. All of the Radio equipment needs to be replaced at the 37,000 cell sites. This takes time. 

      • Guest

         Do you know when Hawaii is going to get better coverage?? 

  • Timmy

    It starting to sound like Tmobile has a better chance of getting the iPhone now. 

    • http://twitter.com/SParKlngCyaNide SparklingCyanide

       you can say that again.  I honestly believe in addition to the PCS HSPA refarm, LTE network coming, and now this Magenta may actually get the next iPhone at launch or soon after.

      • Timmy

        Lets hope so and lets also hope that the iPhone doesn’t come with a $270 price tag w/ 2 year contract lol. 

        • andy budhu

          sorry no iphone for us(t-mob)

        • Yourmom

          Yeah because you  would know andy budhu.  They won’t tell employees until the last second because we’d let everyone know.  Wait all the inside info on this site comes from employees you say? gasp….

        • Littlesis1774

           I am sorry but you do work for T-Mobile

        • Guest

           Timmy just get the AT&T iphone and unlock it…it works with T-Mobile!! 

        • Timmy

          I mean I would, but I wouldn’t spend like $400+ just to only used the edge network. 

        • superg05

          the refarm will give at&t phones 3g/”4g” on tmobiles network by the end of this year

        • Get_at_Me

          Doesnt matter what tmo charges for the iphone. Itll still sell.

  • carcomptoy

    Let’s hope Philadelphia’s being named first means it’s getting help first…because data service is practically nonexistent during the weekday in Center City!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/unfazedrebel Jé Be (Here but Gone)

    Never trust the motives of a cell phone carrier.

  • mingkee

    Oops!
    NYC isn’t included.

    • TBN27

      Because there is relatively rpbust coverage here.

  • Mancuso B

    Okay sooooooooooooooo I’ll stick with T-Mobile now…….I still want the Galaxy Note 2 in September so they better get it! October….whatever! Make it HAPPEN T-MOBILE. *side note* David you’re the man! 

    • eanfoso

      Eh yeah david doesn’t control t-mobile, it’s called buying it on your own which is what I’m doing, and then going into a value plan, besides, western hemisphere carriers tend to dumb down the beauty of it’s European counterpart, ie: galaxy s3 for the americas comes with a dual core processor while it’s European version comes with a quad core exynos processor, I’m just patiently waiting for the gorgeous refarm lol

      • Wilma Flintstone

         Dual Core processor is just fine but you still have a valid point.

      • Trevnerdio

        Dual core…oh and 2 gigs of ram :) I’d take that any day over a choked quad core with only a gig

      • Eanfoso

        Yeah that’s you lol I’m not that much of an app person, I’m more of a gamer/user interface, for instance, my first android mobile was the mytouch 4G, and before I overclocked the processor it was quite useless, the ram is good to multitask, the processor, in addition to making the os run like water, also allows for a less laggy gaming experience, along with less freeze ups in general, more is better (core wise) lol btw I’m going to stick around a little longer for the htc one x +, since it will be the first western hemisphere phone (exclusive on t-mobile) to sport a quad core exynos processor, I hope it’s released soon though, lol

    • Wilma Flintstone

      LOL!!! They better get the Galaxy Note 2 in September?  LOL!!!  Thanks for that laugh of the day.

      • Get_at_Me

        Loving my tmo note…sure its processor is outdated but its badass still. I will be getting the note 2 if tmo gets it.

  • Tonny

    This is all we need…
    AWS 1900Mhz + LTE + Unlimited data.
    GO TMO, you are on the right direction.

    • eanfoso

      Yes and no, yes it’s great but I just pray to god we don’t have an at&t situation where everybody jumped to at&t and then they had a spectrum shortage, where the infamous dropped calls became famous and people were getting gprs speeds

      • UMA_Fan

        Yet people sign up for at&t in droves which I will never understand

        • Get_at_Me

          Zombies

  • hEcToR

     and florida??? im so going to verizon if theres no 4g lte in florida

    • TMOTECH

      Florida will be one of the first Markets to launch and will be one of the first markets to expand from 10X10 to 20X20.

    • Trevnerdio

      Yeah just because they didn’t gain anything from Verizon in certain markets doesn’t mean they’re left in the dark 

  • Wilma Flintstone

    I’ll be able to choose alot more devices when LTE is deployed.  I hope Tmobile doesn’t find some way to make their own special version of LTE either.

  • Guest

    New Cell Phone Company Solavei will be taking over the cell phone industry when this happens!!  UNLIMITED TALK/TEXT/DATA $49/month no roaming charges and they pay you to use your service!!! 

    • Get_at_Me

      Doubtful

  • http://profiles.google.com/mrice.hill Mr. Hill

    Just ready for the refarm to be complete so that we can start seeing some 3G/4G on the iPhone with T-Mobile.

  • bleeew

    I can’t wait till tmobile reforms. I hope that it balances out because vzw doesn’t care I’m a loyal customer and wants to take away my unlimited data. Hopefully the refarm is soon so that I don’t feel like a have a limit on data and soon the 3G will be faster than Verizon 3g

  • Jose Simental3

    Does anyone know if El Paso is on the LTE list?

  • AhhYo

    What’s the deal with T-Mobile and the money and spectrum they received from AT&T? It’s almost as if it never happened. T-Mobile should have used some of the money to re-invest in T-Mobile (i.e., more phones, better deals/promotions, etc.) instead of (God know what) pay shareholders, give themselves a bonus.