Frontline wants Verizon out of 700MHz sale

3 Oct 2007

With three months to go before the US government’s 700MHz wireless spectrum auction, the potential bidders are already at each other’s throats. Start-up operator Frontline Wireless has called for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to bar the country’s second largest cellular services provider, Verizon Wireless, from the auction. According to a report from PC World, Frontline claims Verizon has violated the FCC’s rules on lobbying after failing to disclose the full substance of a conversation that the cellco’s representatives had with FCC chairman Kevin Martin on 17 September. Verizon has filed a lawsuit against the Commission in an attempt to overturn rules on open access requirements in the 700MHz band, while Frontline has filed a complaint over the handling of the auction.