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
, 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.
In short, there is nothing new here. Verizon Wireless has responded to each of
these claims in our filings on multiple occasions, has addressed them with the
FCC, and is confident that we have a made a strong case on bringing unused
spectrum to meet the needs of consumers is in the public interest.
While Verizons responses to much of what has been said by Alliance members are
heavily redacted, McFadden provided to eWEEK
a copy of an unredacted ex parte filing with the FCC from May 21 responding to T-Mobiles filing
of May 15
, which puts forth T-Mobiles argument why it should be awarded
the Advanced Wireless Service (AWS) spectrum that Verizon plans to buy from the
cable companies. T-Mobiles filing is in the form of a PowerPoint presentation
to the commission.
In its response, Verizon
says that T-Mobiles presentation provides nothing new
. T-Mobile offers no
new analysis, facts or reasons that could justify denying the pending
applications to assign AWS spectrum in the secondary market. These transactions
will help provide the spectrum capacity necessary for Verizon Wireless to meet
consumers growing needs for 4G service. T-Mobile, however, simply repeats claims
that the Applicants have rebutted in the past, Verizon says in its opening
salvo against T-Mobile.