FCC Should Consolidate its Review of Verizon’s Proposed Transactions to Assess Collective Impact on Consumers and Spectrum Access
Washington, DC – June 13, 2017 – Today, in a Motion for Consolidation filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission), Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) encouraged the FCC to consolidate its review of the Verizon/Straight Path and Verizon/Nextlink (XO) transactions (collectively, Transactions) to prevent further consolidation of millimeter wave (mmW) spectrum by one of the nation’s largest carriers. CCA requested that the Commission set a single, unified pleading cycle for receiving public comment on both applications pertaining to the Transactions.
In a statement, CCA President & CEO Steven K. Berry said, “I strongly encourage the FCC to consolidate its review of Verizon’s proposed Transactions to acquire Straight Path and XO mmW spectrum to properly evaluate the impact these transactions will have on spectrum access, consumer service, and competition in the affected markets. The mmW spectrum at issue offers tremendous opportunities for rural, regional and nationwide carriers as they begin to deploy 5G networks, and allowing one of the nation’s largest carriers to acquire this valuable spectrum will eliminate opportunities for competitors, new entrants, and consumers desiring innovative services and technologies. If approved, the Transactions would cause Verizon to exceed the secondary market spectrum screen of 1250 MHz established by the Spectrum Frontiers Order in a vast percentage of the markets across the country.”
“Also, if the Commission approves AT&T’s recent proposed transaction to acquire FiberTower’s mmW spectrum, in addition to the Transactions, then AT&T and Verizon will collectively hold as much as 122 billion MHz/POPs in the 28 GHz band and 312 billion MHz/POPs in the 39 GHz band, respectively. This saturation would result in just two carriers holding approximately two-thirds of the available 39 GHz spectrum and more than half of the available 28 GHz spectrum, which threatens to undermine the Commission’s goal to facilitate competition, innovation, and efficient use of mmW band spectrum.”
CCA is the nation’s leading association for competitive wireless providers and stakeholders across the United States. The licensed service area of CCA’s nearly 100 carrier members covers 95 percent of the nation. Visit www.ccamobile.org.
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