Verizon, Nextel Settle Spectrum Dispute

 
 
By Shelley Solheim  |  Posted 2004-11-08 Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Verizon Wireless last week ended its fight to block the Federal Communications Commission's plan.

Verizon Wireless last week ended its fight to block the Federal Communications Commissions plan to move Nextel Communications out of a spectrum where it interferes with police and fire department radio signals.

The FCC in July announced its plan to move Nextel from the 800MHz spectrum it currently shares with emergency responders to the higher-frequency 1.9GHz band.

Verizon disputed the plan because it believed the spectrum—worth billions of dollars—should be auctioned by the FCC.

But now, "its time to move on," said Verizon Wireless spokesperson Jim Gerace. Verizon officials declined to comment further on the settlement.

Nextel, as part of its deal with Verizon, will stop its legal efforts to obtain exclusive rights of the phrase "push to talk."

If the FCCs plan is implemented, the new spectrum will allow Nextel to offer expanded voice and data services.

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