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September 29, 2006

Senators Suggest AT&T/BellSouth Divest WiMax Spectrum

By Glenn Fleishman

Two powerful Senators on either side of the aisle propose divestiture of 2.3 GHz, 2.5 GHz spectrum for AT&T/BellSouth merger to proceed: Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) and Herb Kohl (D-Wisc.) say that there’s only negative reasons for the combined firm to maintain this bandwidth. By divesting, they ensure more competition. An excellent analysis of this issue was written back in April 2006 by communications attorney Mark Del Bianco for

Posted by Glennf at September 29, 2006 3:13 PM

Categories: 2.3 GHz, 2.5 GHz, Spectrum, mergers and acquisitions


No, the Senators, in this case are correct. Divest the Bells of their wimax frequencies. Bellsouth will soon be part of Southwestern Bell/ATT.
We are witnessing the reconstruction of the ATT monoploy minus the manufacturing arm. The public is not better served by communications monopolies, only the coffers of the monopolist profit from this lack of competition in broadband access.

Posted by: John Dees at November 2, 2006 4:43 AM

BellSouth isn't just sitting on their 2.3GHz licenses. They are deploying wireless broadband several smaller cities.

They are using the small 2.3GHz band to provide wireless broadband as a complimentary product to DSL, targeting areas where wireless broadband is less expensive to deloy than wired DSL.

The rollout of BellSouth wireless broadband has been slow and steady in spite of all repair work they had to do the the wake of Katrina, Rita, and many other Hurricanes in recent years. It would be a shame if people in Washington DC ended this deployment.

Posted by: George B at October 2, 2006 11:20 AM

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