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Verizon and cable companies promise to reformat documents to avoid derailing deal

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groups said Verizon had not made some of its documents available in
electronic form and would have charged them thousands of dollars for
paper copies.

In a filing with the FCC on Monday, Verizon and the cable companies revealed they had met with top FCC officials on Friday.

In
that meeting, the companies all offered to provide the documents in PDF
form and to create an electronic index to sort through the materials.

The
companies insisted that they had already “complied with the technical
and formatting specifications contained in the commission’s
instructions,” but that they were willing “to take certain additional
steps to facilitate third-party review of the materials.”

The deal
would allow Verizon to buy a block of wireless spectrum from Comcast,
Cox, Time Warner and Bright House. The companies have also agreed to
cross-sell each other’s services. 

Opponents of the deal worry
that the additional spectrum could allow Verizon to dominate the
wireless market and that the side deals will limit competition.

Verizon
says the additional spectrum will help it meet the growing demands of
mobile devices and the side deals will give consumers more options.

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