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As some of you remember, Cox has flirted with wireless for a long time. They were part of the Pivot MVNO outlining the Sprint network. The they were part of SpectrumCo that acquired a nationwide 10x10MHz spectrum that was then sold to Verizon. Then Independently they acquired 700Mhz spectrum that was then sold to AT&T and USCC. They also acquired AWS spectrum that Now it seems that they want to reenter the fray. They can always become a Verizon MVNO like their Cableco cohorts. 

Cox's interest in pursuing mobile again is underscored by some recent postings by the company and its employees. Cox's Tony Krueck wrote on LinkedIn four months ago that he is "establishing and leading the team to design, develop, and launch a retail wireless line of business for Cox Communications." And recent Cox job postings mention a "newly introduced Cox Mobile wireless offering" and a "Retail Wireless Services launch."

Cox also is among a number of cable companies that have registered to bid in the FCC's upcoming CBRS 3.5GHz spectrum auction. There are widespread indications that Charter and others are considering using that spectrum to construct their own mobile networks in select locations. Their goal would be to reduce the amount of money they pay to their MVNO partners by offloading their customers' mobile traffic onto their own CBRS networks.


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