Google confirms what many folks
expected: The company's bidding in the FCC's 700MHz wireless auction
was a ploy to drive up the purchase price of the spectrum to ensure
that the provisions for open devices and applications would be applied
to the winner.
Google officials confirmed what many folks expected: The
company's bidding in the FCC's 700 MHz wireless auction was a ploy to
drive up the purchase price of the spectrum to ensure that the
provisions for open devices and applications would be applied to the
Worked like a charm as we all now know: Verizon won the spectrum
and will pay more than the $4.7 billion Google topped out at after several days of being the highest bidder.
Whitt, Washington Telecom and Media Counsel and staff attorney Joseph
Faber, described how Google's bidding shook out in a blog post Thursday afternoon
three weeks at the end of January and early February, a small team of
us holed up in double super secret 'war rooms' in Mountain View, CA and
Washington, D.C. to bid on Google's behalf in the FCC spectrum
auction," they wrote. "Bidding took place electronically, and literally
billions of dollars were at stake with every mouse click."
Sounds like a teaser to a geeked-up version of a Tom Clancy novel.
The men go on to explain
that Google's numero uno priority for the auction was to make sure that
bidding on the pricey "C Block" spectrum reached the $4.6 billion
reserve price that would trigger the open applications and open
handsets license conditions, two of the four terms the FCC agreed to
However, they also promised that in the event that
they won they would pay a little more than the $4.6 billion reserve
price the FCC wanted.
Good to know Google would pay up if it
won the bid, but as many noted it's a classic tale of be careful what
you wish for. Google has said it did not intend to build a wireless
network but would partner with other vendors to use the spectrum.
That's a pricey entr??Â«e for partnerships of any kind.
we think the Google folks are too proud of themselves: "partly as a
result of our bidding, consumers soon should have new freedom to get
the most out of their mobile phones and other wireless devices."
is true, but don't be so smug about it! Your wireless ambitions lie in
the uncertain hands of your Android mobile operating stack. If you
can't make that fly, you're as good as dead in the space unless you
have other irons in the fire. Fortunately, Android has some strong
early support, and even AT&T, formerly a Google foil for the
auction, has said it would consider it.
Meanwhile, Google's Whitt
and Faber said the company will lend its voice to the FCC as it sets
implementation rules for the C Block and determines how to move forward
with a D Block re-auction.
Also, as Whitt stated last week
the company will continue to pound the table to make the FCC to open up
the "white spaces" in the TV spectrum band for mobile broadband use.