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Verizon's plan to acquire all outstanding shares in its US wireless business has been granted the approval of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The FCC said on Wednesday that new rulings on foreign ownership have allowed it to speed up approval of such investment deals, in this case Verizon's plan to acquire Vodafone …

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"Verizon's plan to acquire all outstanding shares in its US wireless business has been granted the approval of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

The FCC said on Wednesday that new rulings on foreign ownership have allowed it to speed up approval of such investment deals, in this case Verizon's plan to acquire Vodafone US, which holds a 45 per cent stake in Verizon Wireless."

Those new rulings would have been from the NSA telling the FCC to allow it. Currently the NSA cannot get all of the information they would like from Verizon Wireless with the foreign ownership in place. So the NSA has told the FCC to allow it for national security reasons. The day the deal has taken place, the switch on the data slurping will be turned on. I bet the NSA has already procured the equipment.

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"Currently the NSA cannot get all of the information they would like from Verizon Wireless with the foreign ownership in place. "

Rubbish, it will be no different. As an "above the law" operation the NSA could demand anything it wanted from the US operation with impunity, and in the very unlikely event that data was inaccessible overseas, or obstructed by the UK based management of Vodafone, then NSA's European poodle (GCHQ) would have done the deed for them and handed it over. This assumes of course that any "request" was needed. The more than comes out of Snowden's revelations shows that NSA & GCHQ just scrape everything anywhere, anytime, simply because they can, and because there is no oversight.

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Your comment is rubbish and has already been shown as so.

"T-Mobile and Verizon were not issued court orders to hand over mobile data for their users because their part-ownership by non-US companies could have caused complications, according to an unnamed US official."

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/06/14/tmobile_verizon_wireless_blocked_nsa_spying/

See, that was back in June.

So, with Verizon Wireless 100% domestically owned, it won't be an issue anymore.

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Someone got bought

Monopoly money

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