"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.