FCC: Sprint and Clearwire Are Given The Green Light

Posted by Kallan Dahn Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Today the FCC decided in favor of Sprint and Clearwire approving their merger with a unanimous vote. The FCC refrained from using the usual bench marks on this merger, as both parties are not entering the market with spectral holdings, and the new entity does not compete directly with any other entity. The commission, instead, focused on the possible positives and negatives that this would bring. The commission agreed the biggest winner in the approval of this merger is the consumer. The merger will bring new innovative services, while up-holding the FCC's high regard for openness and choice for consumers. Handset manufacturers, Venders, and Content creators will not need to seek permission to innovate, instead the insert a WIMAX radio, and submit the device to the FCC for approval. As a condition of this mergers approval Sprint must voluntarily terminate their high cost universal service support over a period of 5 years. They must also submit to county regulation for E911 compliance rules set by the FCC.

Cell Geek Live Blogged this commission meeting. To be taken to the event replay click the link below.

CellGeek Live Blog Event: FCC Commission Meeting November 4th, 2008

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