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CONTACT: Amy Smorodin
August 4, 2008
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FCC Should Expedite Sprint Nextel / Clearwire Deal
Ferree and Esbin Submit Comments to Federal Communications Commission

WASHINGTON D.C. - In its review of the applications from Sprint Nextel and Clearwire requesting transfer of licenses and authorizations, the Federal Communications Commission should render a quick approval, state Ken Ferree and Barbara Esbin in comments filed today with the Commission.

In their comments, Ferree, President of The Progress & Freedom Foundation, and Esbin, PFF Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Communications and Competition Policy, state that a focused "transaction-specific analysis of the proposed combination, its competitive effects, consistency with existing Commission rules, and impact on other relevant Commission policies should take no more than the informal 180-day FCC merger review period established in the late 1990s."

"As the applicants have demonstrated, the proposed transaction will create a nationwide, open access wireless broadband network in the 2.5 GHz band," they explain. "Based on the record developed and the public benefits that would accrue as a result of proposed combination, the Commission should expeditiously complete its review in this matter and grant the applications without the imposition of extraneous conditions."

The comments are available on the PFF website.

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