Verizon Cannot Ignore Competitive Concerns Reviewed by Momizat on . By: Steven K. Berry, President & CEO, CCA – The Competitive Carriers Association “It is no surprise that someone representing Verizon’s interests is dismiss By: Steven K. Berry, President & CEO, CCA – The Competitive Carriers Association “It is no surprise that someone representing Verizon’s interests is dismiss Rating:
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Verizon Cannot Ignore Competitive Concerns

By: Steven K. Berry, President & CEO, CCA – The Competitive Carriers Association

“It is no surprise that someone representing Verizon’s interests is dismissing concerns raised by competitive carriers over Verizon’s proposal to acquire the cable companies’ spectrum licenses. I don’t expect Verizon to be sympathetic to competitive carriers’ challenges because unless you’re a Verizon partner and able to fill in the gaps in Verizon’s network, they have virtually denied competitors access to devices and 4G LTE roaming arrangements. CCA’s competitive carriers together represent over 80 million U.S. subscribers, and the concerns of these consumers should not be dismissed. Additionally, Verizon is indifferent towards the detrimental impact that these transactions will have on smaller carriers and consumers. The proposed spectrum transfer and integrated commercial agreements between Verizon Wireless and the cable companies pose potential significant harms to industry competition and consumers, and the FCC should place specific, pro-competitive conditions upon approval.”

“CCA petitioned the FCC to condition the transfer with pro-competitive policies, which is not something Verizon seems to support. Verizon has already announced plans to sell unused, warehoused spectrum; maybe they should also find a way to support data roaming and interoperability in the name of consumer choice and competition.”

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