The Federal Communications Commission approved Qualcomm’s (s qcom) sale of its 700 MHz spectrum to AT&T (s t) on Thursday evening, with limited conditions. The approval is a small consolation prize for Ma Bell after the FCC helped stop the merger between AT&T and T-Mobile and then released a 109-page report that accused AT&T of everything from being a liar to being bad at math.
As part of the approval, FCC said AT&T would have to abide by certain interoperability and interference conditions, and notably Chairman Julius Genachowski said the agency would take up the issue of roaming and interoperability in the 700 MHz band next year. This is a highly technical issue that could help smaller operators compete with, or at least play on the same field, with Verizon (s vz) (s vod) and AT&T when it comes to offering service.
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