Originally published: August 22, 2012
According to sources inside and outside the Federal Communications Commission, all five commissioners have now cast their votes on Verizon/SpectrumCo, and it will be 5-0 approving Verizon's purchase of spectrum from cable operators Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox and Bright House, with the two Republicans concurring in part.
According to a source who had seen the voting record, FCC Commissioners Jessica Rosenworcel and Mignon Clyburn have joined the others in OKing the deal, though both were said to be working on statements, so the order may not be released until late August 22 or 23. While the vote was 5-0, the two Republicans concurred--stopping short of approving--a data roaming obligation in the order, as well the FCC's authority over the marketing agreements, according to sources. The FCC was said to be working on two big items, the spectrum deal and its inquiry into potential reregulation of the special access market, with the latter likely to come out soon as well.
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