According to the following news release and the blog post "Official Google Blog: Who's going to win the spectrum auction? Consumers." Google is on the way to make it's strides on the air waves of open spectrum.
Just as the weblog post says, consumers stand to win. The fact like ever so tightly closed entities like Verizon coming out with open networks for any device, just did not come about by chance or Verizon seeing the light. Verizon even tried to stop open spectrum all together by taking FCC to court over the issue. It is the pressure build up by all these open activities and somewhat to iPhone activity, made Verizon to make differences.
I think this is a very good move by Google, and the up coming Android base Google Phones will be changing the mobile telecom world in USA. As I spend part of my time in Japan, I see the validity of a good wireless service. Some of my friends in Japan does not have land lines, because the wireless is so good, phone, internet, and other telecom needs are covered by wireless service. I really wish they will win.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (November 30, 2007) – Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) announced today that it will apply to participate in the Federal Communications Commission's upcoming auction of wireless spectrum in the 700 megahertz (MHz) band.
As part of the nationally mandated transition to digital television, the 700 MHz spectrum auction -- which begins January 24, 2008 -- will free up spectrum airwaves for more efficient wireless Internet service for consumers. Advocacy by public interest groups and Google earlier this year helped ensure that regardless of which bidders win a key portion of the spectrum up for auction (the so-called "C Block"), they will be required to allow their users to download any software application they want on their mobile device, and to use any mobile devices they would like on that wireless network. The winner must ensure these rights for consumers if the reserve price of $4.6 billion for the C Block is met at auction.
"We believe it's important to put our money where our principles are," said Eric Schmidt, Chairman and CEO, Google. "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."
Schmidt also praised the leadership of FCC Chairman Kevin Martin and his fellow commissioners for adopting the new rights for consumers earlier this year.
Google's formal application to participate in the 700 MHz auction will be filed with the FCC on Monday, December 3, 2007 -- the required first step in the auction process. Google's application does not include any partners.
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