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Google will bid for 700 Mhz spectrum

It's official. Google will be filing an application to participate in the 700 Mhz auction come Monday, the company said in a news release. Google's application will not include any partners.

It's official. Google will be filing an application to participate in the 700 Mhz auction come Monday, the company said in a news release. Google's application will not include any partners.

Says Eric Schmidt, Google's chairman and CEO in a statement:

We believe it's important to put our money where our principles are. Consumers deserve more competition and innovation than they have in today's wireless world. No matter which bidder ultimately prevails, the real winners of this auction are American consumers who likely will see more choices than ever before in how they access the Internet.

Industrial experts say that Google will have to spend at least $4.6 billion for the 700 Mhz spectrum. The general consensus is that the winners in the auction will be the consumer.

The Inquirer observes:
Maybe the USA will finally see SIMM card slots in their handsets like in Asia and Europe. Possibly running Google's Android open-source mobile operating system.
And yes, in Singapore where I live, when my wife's mobile phone battery runs out of juice, she can just grab my phone and drop her SIM card into it and vice versa. Now, that's something to look forward to, isn't it?

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Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.

6 comments
JCitizen
JCitizen

with suspicion. I don't see the radio spectrum as an exploitable territory that can be treated like the railroads did when the huge land givaways happened to promote rail transportation.

OnTheRopes
OnTheRopes

Your post caused me to look it up. http://www.phonescoop.com/articles/aws/

JCitizen
JCitizen

That will come it quite handy. My old frequency references are way obsolete! I suppose selling off our public property isn't any worse than giving away Federal land to the railroads for the "public good". I just hope everyone doesn't forget who "We the People" are, in the constitution, and in principle.

OnTheRopes
OnTheRopes

I'll bet the FCC keeps quiet about their income too. Income should all be public knowledge available on the Internet. I'll say that I believe there's a slim chance of that happening.

JCitizen
JCitizen

Bureaucrats have learned not to advertise their income on issues such as these. They remember when the BATF bragged about how much they were taking in on taxes; and congress cut their funding for that year by that amount!

OnTheRopes
OnTheRopes

Glad you like it. I only had some vague recollections about the FCC selling the radio spectrum. I thought the link was interesting for tracing some small bit of history. It makes me wonder how many billions of dollars the FCC has gotten over the years.

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