FCC Should Deny Verizon’s Applications to Aggregate 5G Spectrum
Washington, DC – June 26, 2017 – Today, Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) filed a Petition to Deny with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) encouraging the Commission to deny the application of Verizon Wireless and XO Holdings (“Verizon/Nextlink Application”) and, where applicable, the application of Verizon Communications, Inc. and Straight Path Communications, Inc. (“Verizon/Straight Path Application”). Millimeter wave (“mmW”) spectrum resources are critical to 5G, and granting these transactions would allow Verizon to achieve dominance in these bands, harming competition and consumers.
“I strongly urge the FCC to deny the Verizon/Nextlink Application to prevent a large swath of valuable spectrum resources from landing in the hands of one of the nation’s already dominant carriers,” said CCA President & CEO Steven K. Berry. “It is disappointing the Commission did not recognize the benefits that consolidating this transaction with the forthcoming Verizon/Straight Path Application will bring to consumers and its own Commission staff. We urge the Commission to follow its own policy to take into account the effects of multiple pending applications, effectively reviewing both transactions together. Considering both transactions will result in Verizon controlling 45% of the combined 28 and 39 GHz spectrum on a MHz-POP basis, I would hope the Commission would deny the Applications. In the very least, the Commission should act where the transactions would exceed the FCC’s screen for mmW spectrum.”
“If approved, the transactions would result in harmful spectrum aggregation that would foreclose other companies’ abilities to build 5G networks that compete with Verizon, and perhaps most importantly, consumers would run the risk of not having access to high quality next-generation services. mmW spectrum offers enormous opportunities for rural, regional and nationwide carriers as they begin to deploy 5G. It is up to the FCC to create a level playing field for all competitors, and I strongly encourage the Commission to deny Verizon’s pending transactions to ensure robust competition for the benefit of consumers and the economy.”
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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