Printed from http://www.electronista.com

FCC clears AT&T's acquisition of Qualcomm space for 4G

updated 07:30 pm EST, Thu December 22, 2011

FCC gives light conditions to ATT-Qualcomm deal

The Federal Communications Commission has quickly acted on its promise to reexamine AT&T's purchase of Qualcomm spectrum by approving the deal on Thursday. A three-to-one vote will give AT&T the 700MHz frequencies that Qualcomm was using on its short-lived Flo TV service. AT&T will primarily have to guarantee against interference and allow roaming from phones and tablets on rival networks.

The agreement, worth $1.9 billion, could take effect by the end of 2011.

Many had expected the FCC to grant the deal as a consolation prize to AT&T, which abandoned its T-Mobile takeover after it was clear that it couldn't make enough, if any, concessions to the Department of Justice or the FCC to overcome serious antitrust issues. The FCC hinted at approval for the Qualcomm terms when it let AT&T withdraw its merger application.

In making the deal, the FCC has still frustrated rival carriers and advocacy groups. AT&T won a concession in not being required to make its 700MHz space work with that from Verizon or others. Phones could still be made to interoperate, but AT&T wouldn't be required to offer support and could have devices that won't let subscribers switch without paying for new equipment.

The FCC may change the situation independently in early 2012, when it plans to look at whether or not LTE networks need to be compatible.



By Electronista Staff
toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Advertisement

Recent Reviews

Brother HL-L8250CDN Color Laser Printer

When it comes to selecting a printer, it's not exactly something most people put a lot of thought into. Printers are often touted as f ...

Moshi iVisor AG and XT for iPad Air 2

Have you ever tried to put in a screen protector that relies on static to cling to the screen? How many bubbles and wrinkles does it h ...

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500 projector

Trying to find the perfect projector for a home theater can be tricky, as there are bountiful options on the market from a large numbe ...

Advertisement

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News