Analysts are saying that Google is probably out of the running for the “C Block” of wireless spectrum that it had been bidding on.
the great wireless auction
The New York Times is reporting that the auction for the C-block of wireless spectrum (Read: the Google part)
has may have been won by someone… but we don’t know who. Oh, the suspense!
Bidding for the national franchise in the C block started at $1.037 billion in the morning and was raised to $1.245 billion in the afternoon. The reserve price for the national C block is $4.6 billion. (Google has said it will bid at least $4.6 billion for this block, but there is no requirement that it place a bid in that amount at first.)
The official list of bidders for the 700 mhz spectrum is out. Google Airwaves, LLC joins Verizon, Cox and AT&T in the ultimate spectrum battle. Get your popcorn ready. [Ars Technica]
Comcast is not interested in bidding on a chunk of the soon-to-be auctioned 700mhz wireless spectrum. [Reuters]
Google announced today that they will be bidding in the 700mhz auction! For real.
Meanwhile, back at its headquarters, Google is already operating an advanced high-speed wireless network under a test license from the FCC, according to people familiar with the matter. The company has erected transmission towers on its campus for the network. Prototype mobile handsets powered by the Android software are currently running on it.
Verizon Wireless abandoned its legal challenge Tuesday of the Federal Communications Commission’s rules for its upcoming auction of radio spectrum, removing a potential obstacle to the much-anticipated sale.
When Google lobbied successfully for the inclusion of an “open network” requirement in the upcoming wireless spectrum auction, it was seen as a coup for consumers. The open network clause would mean that consumers would be able to take their handsets and devices to the network of their choosing.
Got $10 billion to spend? The FCC would like to speak with you. [Ars Technica]
You win some, you lose some. Google’s bid to created an open wireless network was only partially sucessful today as the FCC rejected some of the search giant’s conditions, but adopted others.
Google has announced that it will invest 4.6 billion dollars to acquire radio frequencies being abandoned by television broadcasts as they turn digital. The frequencies could be used to provide wireless phone and data services.