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Nextel and Verizon Settle Legal Disputes

Monty Solomon (
Wed, 3 Nov 2004 08:57:02 -0500

By BRUCE MEYERSON AP Business Writer

NEW YORK (AP) -- Nextel Communications Inc. and Verizon Wireless
unexpectedly resolved a heated dispute Tuesday over a federal proposal
to clear up interference between cell phones and emergency response
radios by moving Nextel's signals to a more valuable band of spectrum.

In exchange for Verizon dropping its opposition to the spectrum
proposal, Nextel is withdrawing its claim of trademark rights for the
phrase "Push To Talk" and the word "push" to describe the popular
walkie-talkie service which Nextel introduced to cell phones and which
Verizon and other rivals now offer.

The agreement announced Tuesday ends a very public argument in which
each company nastily accused the other of putting business interests
ahead of public safety concerns _ often invoking memories of Sept. 11
and the need for reliable emergency communications as an issue being
exploited or ignored by the other side.


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