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Verizon and T-Mobile to exchange spectrums in Philly, but consumer advocates oppose the deal

Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile USA have agreed to a spectrum exchange, but the deal has gotten consumer advocates and the communications workers’ union up in arms, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported last week. While the deal would improve T-Mobile’s service in cities like Philadelphia and allow the carriers to use use their own spectrum more efficiently, […]

Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile USA have agreed to a spectrum exchange, but the deal has gotten consumer advocates and the communications workers’ union up in arms, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported last week.

While the deal would improve T-Mobile’s service in cities like Philadelphia and allow the carriers to use use their own spectrum more efficiently, critics say that the spectrum exchange, which includes a co-marketing campaign with Comcast, could hurt consumers and workers by making the market less competitive. More details from the Inquirer below:

The consumer group Public Knowledge and the Communications Workers of America both said the Verizon-T-Mobile deal should not alleviate broader objections that critics have raised, especially about what CWA policy director Debbie Goldman called a “monopolistic cross-marketing arrangement,” under which Verizon and Comcast would market each other’s services.

“The threat of job loss and higher consumer prices from the proposed Verizon Wireless-Big Cable deal remains,” Goldman said. [more]

The agreement is subject to approval by the Federal Communications Commission, but the Inquirer reports that approval seems likely.

For more context on the deal, check out this CNET article.

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Juliana Reyes

Juliana Reyes began as lead reporter at Technical.ly Philly in July 2012. Previously, she was a city services beat reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News, as part of a project called “It’s Our Money.” She is learning to drive, learning to bike (in the city) but is an expert at taking SEPTA. She grew up in North Jersey and Manila, Philippines but she left the tropics for Bryn Mawr College, where she majored in linguistics. She now lives in West Philly.

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