Google Confirms 700MHz Bid
"Regardless of how the auction unfolds, we think it's important to put our money where our principles are. Consumers deserve more choices and more competition than they have in the wireless world today," the blog continues. (See Google's 700MHz Bet.)
The FCC wants a $4.6 billion reserve bid to be met on the C-band of 700 MHz spectrum in order to apply so-called "open access" rules to the bandwidth. These rules mean that the winner of this spectrum will have to give users the right to use any device and download any application they want.
The government agency agreed to the open access rules after Google said it would match the $4.6 billion reserve the FCC wants for the spectrum. (See FCC Straddles Open Access Issue and 'Open Access' Gets Closer.)
Such openness would work in the search giant's favor, because users could download its Android mobile operating system and related applications without specific carrier approval. Google still isn't making it exactly clear how it will use the spectrum if it wins the auction, however.
Google's decision to bid is the second big news event of the week for open access advocates. Verizon Wireless , which had initially opposed the FCC plans, said Tuesday that it plans to open up its CDMA network in 2008 and its 4G LTE network, anticipated to be rolled out after 2010. (See Verizon Tears Down the 'Walled Garden' and AT&T Bags 700 MHz for $2.5B.)
— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung