Several companies and nonprofit organizations filed their opposition to Verizon’s(s vz) planned $4 billion buy of spectrum owned by the cable companies on Wednesday. But this isn’t an industry fight. This is a fight that should involve everyone from consumers to the Internet companies whose businesses rest on access to the wireline and wireless pipes affected by this deal. I’ve already explained the big picture problems with the deal, but it’s time to dig deeper so folks really understand what’s at stake.

Competition: it’s already bad, but it could get worse.

This deal reduces the amount of both wireless and wireline competition: As I’ve explained in previous posts, the loss of the cable companies’ spectrum marks the loss of the last real likelihood for another entrant into the wireless market dominates by AT&T(s t) and Verizon. It will also prevent smaller, spectrum-hungry operators from buying the airwaves (which…

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