NetCompetition Statement on Verizon/Cable-SpectrumCo Transaction


December 2, 2011

Contact: Scott Cleland


Verizon/SpectrumCo Deal Reflects Metamorphosis of Communications Competition

Broadband, Internet, & Cloud Computing Technologies Creating Omni-Modal Competition

WASHINGTON D.C. – Verizon Wireless’ purchase of 20 MHz of currently unused, near-nationwide AWS spectrum from Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Bright House Networks for $3.6b and reselling rights spotlights the extraordinary metamorphosis of communications competition being driven by broadband, Internet and cloud computing technologies.

The following quotes may be attributed to Scott Cleland, Chairman of

This transformative deal spotlights the extraordinary metamorphosis of the communications market to the ‘omni-modal competition’ occurring everyday in the marketplace, where broadband, Internet, and cloud computing technologies scramble old market boundaries and create new markets all the time. Specifically, this deal’s cross-reselling arrangement -- cable bundling Verizon’s wireless service and Verizon reselling cable services via its stores -- is very similar to the evolving competitor-partner layered relationships that broadband communications providers have morphed into over the last few years with manufacturers, software providers, retailers, content companies, financial companies, and platform players like: Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook and Amazon, to name the most prominent.

(To better understand this transformation of the competitive landscape to ‘omni-modal competition,’ please see this seven- page graphic presentation here entitled: “The Metamorphosis of Communications Competition Driven by Broadband, Internet, and Cloud Computing Technologies.” The link:

Spectrum is the property foundation of wireless private enterprise. Given that commercially-available spectrum is a finite resource and re-purposed spectrum comes to market at a glacial pace, available, unused and useful spectrum for leading wireless providers is exceedingly scarce.

Spectrum need is directly proportional to the number and usage rates of a provider’s subscriber base, especially the number of bandwidth intensive smart-phone and tablet customers. The larger the provider, the greater the need for spectrum to maintain capacity, quality of service, and growth headroom for next generation services.” is a pro-competition e-forum representing broadband interests. See