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Deutsche Telekom Asks FCC Chairman To Block Verizon-Cable Deal

May 7, 2012

Deutsche Telekom CEO René Obermann personally pressed Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski to block a spectrum deal between Verizon and cable companies, according to documents filed with the FCC.

During a phone call last week, Obermann told Genachowski that allowing Verizon to buy a swath of spectrum from cable companies would give Verizon too much control over prime spectrum and leave competitors, like Deutsche Telekom subsidiary T-Mobile, out in the cold.

Verizon is seeking approval from the FCC to buy 20 megahertz of spectrum from a joint venture among Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks and from Cox Communications as part of a separate deal.

Last week the FCC announced that it was taking more time to review the transaction because of delays in getting documents it has requested from the companies involved.

Obermann also thanked Genachowski for approving the transfer of spectrum from AT&T to T-Mobile as part of a break-up fee after the failed merger between the companies.

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