Consumer groups call for tight controls on Verizon-Alltel

22 Oct 2008

A number of consumer interest groups have united to call on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to impose more stringent controls on Verizon Wireless and Alltel following their proposed USD28.1 billion merger. A report from the Washington Post says the Public Interest Spectrum Trust, which represents six organisations, is to meet with FCC commissioners this week to urge them to look at means of ensuring that the combined entity does not violate rules which allow open access for wireless ISPs. The Trust also wants the regulator to force Verizon to maintain Alltel’s roaming contracts with smaller rivals to ensure that competitors continue to have access to Alltel’s rural wireless networks. The combined Verizon-Alltel will become the nation’s largest cellular operator with more than 80 million customers.