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Verizon Wants New Spectrum for Mobile Wireless Demand

March 5, 2012

Verizon is not backing down from its plan to buy spectrum and enter into marketing agreements with several cable companies.

In filings released by the Federal Communications Commission over the weekend, the telecom giant fired back at critics that want the FCC to block the deals.

"By supplying additional spectrum capacity, the license assignments will accommodate
customers' rapidly growing data demands for broadband devices like smartphones and
tablets and bandwidth-intensive applications such as video streaming and cloud
computing," Verizon argued in its filing. "As a result, tens of millions of consumers, businesses, and public safety and other government customers who choose Verizon Wireless to obtain high-speed broadband will continue to receive the quality service they expect."

Public-interest groups fear the deal would give Verizon control of too much spectrum and would undermine competition. The Benton Foundation, Media Access Project, New America Foundation, Public Knowledge and others have asked the FCC to block Verizon's proposals.

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