Not that it wasn't obvious, but Verizon's 700MHz plans look a lot like AT&T's. It'll be using the spectrum as the core of their high-speed 4G LTE network. Verizon paid $9.36 billion total, including $4.7 billion for the open access C Block (apparently, it let Google sweat a bit before actually plunking down their bid). Unlike AT&T, which said you won't see commercial deployment of LTE 'til 2012, Verizon's shooting for 2010. It also countered AT&T's claims that Verizon's spectrum sucks: "The breadth of the national C-block spectrum footprint, all in a single band and with a depth of 22 MHz, provides a speed and performance advantage." We'll know soon enough, you know, in like 10 bajillion years when the networks launch.
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