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[ NNSquad ] Verizon wants to auction spectrum ... if ...

Verizon wants to auction spectrum ... if ...

http://j.mp/J3VRAT  (AP / Chron)

    Verizon Wireless says it will auction the rights to use some radio
    frequencies, which could be worth billions of dollars.
    Verizon says the sale is contingent on it getting government approval
    for three deals to buy spectrum from cable companies and Leap Wireless
    for a total of about $4 billion. Those deals were struck in November
    and December. But Verizon has met resistance from public-interest
    groups who say the cellphone company, already the nation's largest,
    doesn't need more spectrum.

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The buying and selling of spectrum has become an obscene profit center unto
itself, both by the carriers and government.  It is a relic that does not
serve the public interest.

Lauren Weinstein (lauren@vortex.com): http://www.vortex.com/lauren 
Co-Founder: People For Internet Responsibility: http://www.pfir.org 
 - Data Wisdom Explorers League: http://www.dwel.org
 - Network Neutrality Squad: http://www.nnsquad.org 
 - Global Coalition for Transparent Internet Performance: http://www.gctip.org
 - PRIVACY Forum: http://www.vortex.com 
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