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The ugly truth behind the FCC’s Verizon-spectrum approval

Yesterday was seemingly a good day for users of smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices. The Federal Communications Commission approved, with conditions, Verizon’s purchase of wireless spectrum from SpectrumCo, a consortium of cable companies. The more spectrum that’s put to use, the more we’ll ease the coming “spectrum crunch” as exploding data demands outstrip supply. This particular spectrum has sat unused for years, and the FCC’s approval of the deal (following on the Department of Justice’s approval last week) clears the way for some welcome relief.

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