AT&T (T) continues its spectrum-buying binge by acquiring 700 MHz.-band spectrum from...

|By:, SA News Editor

AT&T (T) continues its spectrum-buying binge by acquiring 700 MHz.-band spectrum from Verizon Wireless (VZ, VOD) in exchange for $1.9B and higher-frequency spectrum. The licenses AT&T is buying cover 42M people in 18 states, and will be used to deploy 4G services. The deal comes shortly after AT&T agreed to buy ATN's wireless ops and spectrum, and received an FCC green light to buy 2.3 GHz. spectrum from NextWave and others. Verizon agreed to sell a large chunk of 700 MHz. licenses in exchange for receiving FCC approval for its cable spectrum purchases.