Verizon Attacks Critics, Scorns T-Mobile Claims for Spectrum
NEWS ANALYSIS: Verizon calls complaints by Alliance for Broadband Competition a repetition of old arguments from a new group. Verizon also rejected T-Mobile’s claim that it should be allowed to acquire the wireless spectrum that its rival wants to buy as factually unsupported and self-serving.Verizon has come out swinging in response to a series of press announcements by the Alliance for Broadband Competition, which accused Verizon of conspiring with a group of cable companies to create an Internet cartel that would harm consumers. The Alliance complained strongly about a Joint Operating Entity, saying that this would enable Verizon and its partners in the JOE to excessively control access to the Internet, to Web content as well as the price of Internet access. Two carriers, T-Mobile and Sprint Nextel, were particularly vocal in opposing the Verizon plan to buy spectrum from the cable companies, with T-Mobile saying it should be allowed to buy it instead.
Verizon Vice President of Policy Communications Edward McFadden provided a prepared statement to eWEEK downplaying the statements by the Alliance. "This faux-coalition is 'old whine in a new bottle.' The same companies and political groups, making the same claims, that have already been filed at the FCC on the SpectrumCo deal, McFadden said in his prepared statement.