Google Still Mulling 700MHz Bid

2:12 PM -- Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) is still said to be considering its options over the 700MHz auction even as the deadline for applications loom. (See Google Preps Broadband Bid.)

The search giant is looking for reassurance from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that companies winning a piece of the C Band 700MHz won't be prevented from providing different types of wireless service and that it won't be breaking auction rules if it reveals a winning bid in Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) documents. Google seems to be edging its way toward a bid. "We are making all the necessary preparations to become an applicant to bid in the auction," the firm said in a statement on November 16, without actually fully committing. Google has to show its hand by December 3.

The fresh auction talk comes a day after Verizon Wireless stole some of Google's open razzmatazz by promising to open up its existing CDMA network in 2008.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

wap545 12/5/2012 | 2:58:09 PM
re: Google Still Mulling 700MHz Bid V.W. definition of "OPEN" is to be determined. The FCC rules are open/flexible enough to allow them a variety of ways of circumventing the FCC intention to not only allow any (Certified) Handset but any application to gain access to and use o ftheir Network. VW needs to win the Upper C Block to remain a competitive force in the Cell based data distribution networks-They also cannot wait for the release of LTE products-2012Plus.

The entity to watch in the auction is AT&T as they bid for a major share of the Lower Band A & or B Block of the spectrum in those markets where they lack a License in after their Aloha purchase.

Not sure where Google will play unless they shock everyone and team with either AT&T or VW on the auction.

IPobserver 12/5/2012 | 2:58:08 PM
re: Google Still Mulling 700MHz Bid I think there's a rule that says you can't say if youGÇÖre going to bid. This is to prevent collusion.

Another option would be for Google to do something in the D Block. Helping out public safety agencies would be public spirited.

It has to be said Google's mobile apps are improving all the time. I don't think it needs to be an operatorGǪ. If it keeps cranking out stuff we want to use, the carriers will fall into line in no time. Anything (legal) that gets people accessing Internet services on mobiles is a good thing for the carriers.
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