On Tuesday, the FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (WTB) approved the transfer of Verizon Wireless mobile phone assets in six states to Atlantic Tele-Network, Inc. (ATN), a Massachusetts-based provider of wireline, wireless, and fiber-optic network services to underserved markets in the U.S. and the Caribbean. The transaction partially fulfills conditions prescribed by the FCC in connection with Verizon’s acquisition of Alltel in 2008. As part of its order approving the Verizon-Alltel deal, the FCC required the merged entity to divest various overlapping assets. In addition to selling 26 wireless market licenses in the states of Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Illinois, Ohio and Idaho to ATN, Verizon has also agreed to sell overlapping wireless assets in 79 markets to AT&T for $2.35 billion. While concluding that the proposed ATN sale “does not raise any competitive issues and . . . is likely to result in transaction-specific public interest benefits,” the WTB rejected the claims of various petitioners that Verizon failed to encourage the participation of small business and minority entities in bids for the divested assets as recommended by the FCC in the Alltel merger order. Acknowledging, “it is possible that Verizon Wireless could have taken more steps to aid minority-owned entities seeking to participate in bidding,” the WTB nevertheless found that Verizon “did implement mechanisms to assist [these] groups . . . during the bidding process” and thus concluded that “Verizon Wireless’s conduct and interactions with potential and actual bidders were in keeping with” the language of the Alltel order. In a statement to the press, however, FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn took issue with the lack of specificity in the Alltel order guidelines. Declaring, “the Commission must review the way in which it provides guidance and the substance of its guidance to divesting licensees,” Clyburn warned: “if the Commission does not take a hard look at how we approach such divestitures, we undoubtedly will squander golden opportunities to open up the wireless landscape to new entrants.”