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FCC Approves AT&T's $1.9 Billion Qualcomm Spectrum Purchase 52

An anonymous reader writes "Bloomberg reports that the U.S. Federal Communications Commission has granted approval for AT&T to buy Qualcomm's wireless spectrum licenses for $1.925 billion. The FCC admitted to having some 'competitive concerns' about letting AT&T snap up such a large swath of spectrum licenses, but were satisfied by simply imposing a number of conditions to prohibit interference on neighboring bands. They also said the deal facilitates their goal of 'expanding mobile broadband deployment throughout the country.'"
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FCC Approves AT&T's $1.9 Billion Qualcomm Spectrum Purchase

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  • So... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by SJHillman ( 1966756 ) on Friday December 23, 2011 @01:48PM (#38473270)
    So... what does this mean for consumers? Better AT&T coverage? Cheaper wireless? Somehow I get the feeling the opposite is going to happen...
  • Re:So... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by StikyPad ( 445176 ) on Friday December 23, 2011 @02:51PM (#38474088) Homepage

    Frankly the spectrum is why AT&T wanted t-mobile in the first place, and since that deal fell through this is the next best thing for them.

    Frankly I don't think that's true. Spectrum is what they need, but the dominant market position is what they want. The T-Mobile acquisition would have made them the largest carrier overnight for a paltry $30B and given them the spectrum they needed to boot, while this $1B deal gives them spectrum for less than the penalties on the T-Mobile deal falling through. I think it's a clear indication that spectrum was *not* the primary motivation for their attempted buyout, but we all knew that.

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