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