Google Lauds 700 MHz as a Consumer 'Victory'

Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) is proclaiming the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) 's 700 MHz auction as a "a major victory for American consumers." (See Verizon & AT&T Win 700 MHz Sweeps.)

The search giant didn't win any licenses in the 700 MHz bidding process, but it did succeed in getting the FCC to apply open-access conditions to the C-block spectrum.

Google is prevented from saying much about the auction because of FCC anti-collusion rules that remain in place. The company did, however, make a short statement on its blog:

    We congratulate the winners and look forward to a more open wireless world. As a result of the auction, consumers whose devices use the C-block of spectrum soon will be able to use any wireless device they wish, and download to their devices any applications and content they wish. Consumers soon should begin enjoying new, Internet-like freedom to get the most out of their mobile phones and other wireless devices.
AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and Verizon Wireless were the big winners in the auction, the FCC confirmed yesterday. Verizon won the C-Block and so will be the carrier to build out the open access network. This week, the operator already laid out its own plans to take its CDMA network open in 2008. (See Verizon Reveals 'Open Access' Details.) Google has been vocal about its interest in open access rules on the new wireless broadband spectrum since April 2007. Here's the timeline:

Google already has multiple wireless applications available for phones, but it's expected to get really serious about wireless software as its Android OS arrives on phones late this year and into 2009. (See Now Wait for Android.)

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

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