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Verizon Also Unhappy About TV Airwaves Bidding Restrictions

Verizon Communications echoed concerns AT&T raised recently about bidding restrictions the Federal Communications Commission has proposed to make it easier for smaller carriers to win licenses for TV airwaves in an auction next year. It would be “perverse and unjust” for the FCC to adopt rules that would “subsidize” companies like T-Mobile and Sprint by allowing them to bid on airwaves set aside for smaller firms, Verizon said in a regulatory filing Thursday. “Set-asides in general can reduce auction revenues by limiting competition in the auction and harm consumer welfare,” the company wrote. The FCC is expected to set rules for the TV airwaves auction next month.

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