Industry groups join CWA call for FCC to stop the clock in Verizon/cable review

Public advocacy groups, Sprint Nextel, and DirectTV have joined CWA in asking the FCC to stop the clock on review of the Verizon/Big Cable deal, citing technical difficulties in accessing documents due to software problems encountered when opening files.

The group said that applicants were willing to provide paper copies of their filings, but at a fee of over $2,000 well beyond the reach of some of the public interest groups.

In a letter to the FCC on April 24, the public advocacy groups wrote: "Now, considering the delays in receiving data and the technical challenges involved, the Commission should take the further step of giving reviewers the additional time that is necessary to study the documents and data and respond to the Commission with cogent analysis."

FCC asked to give groups more time to review Verizon/Cable Spectrum Filings (Bloomberg BNA, Apr. 25, 2012)

Verizon spectrum buy hits roadblocks (Fierce Mobile It, Apr. 24, 2012)