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Verizon’s cable spectrum deal to get green light from regulators

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 8:32PM EST

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After months of waiting, Verizon (VZ) finally seems poised to hit the spectrum jackpot. The Wall Street Journal reports that federal regulators are just about set to sign off on Verizon’s $39 billion deal to acquire AWS spectrum licenses from major cable companies such as Comcast (CMCSA) and Cox. Both the Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission are prepared to approve the deal, which the Journal says would only go through if the cable companies agreed “to limit the scope and duration of side agreements to sell each other’s services.” Verizon and Comcast have also agreed to ditch their plans to jointly market services in areas where the two companies already compete with each other for home Internet service.


Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.