FCC Approves Verizon-Alltel Merger

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The FCC has voted unanimously to approve Verizon’s acquisition of Alltel, which will result in the creation of a super-large CDMA network that will eclipse the size of AT&T’s GSM network to become the nation’s largest wireless carrier, Engadget reports.

As part of the deal, the FCC is insisting that Verizon “continue to honor Alltel’s existing roaming agreements for four years—presumably in an effort to protect and appease rural carriers who’ve been solidly against the merger all along,” the report said. Either way, we’re not expecting much of the Alltel brand to actually survive through most of this—not today, but in the long run. It’s pretty clear that Verizon is interested in Alltel’s spectrum and customers more than, say, its pretty logo or friendly service plans.