Posted by: Garrick | July 20, 2007

Google to bid on 700MHz spectrum if conditions are met

Not that we weren’t expecting anything less, but it looks like the bidding in the upcoming 700MHz wireless spectrum auction is set to heat up, with Google now saying that it’ll join in on the action, although only if certain conditions are met. Specifically, Google is asking for the FCC to ensure that the spectrum allows for “open applications, open devices, open networks, and open services” — demands that seem to be pretty much in line with FCC Chairman Kevin Martin’s recent statements on the matter. If the FCC follows through on that, Google says it’s prepared to put up some $4.6 billion for the wireless spectrum. Well, there goes our plans.


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