Google to Join Spectrum Auction

Seeking to shake up the wireless industry, Google said Friday that it was preparing to take part in the federal government’s auction of radio frequencies that could be used to deliver the next generation of Internet and mobile phone services to consumers.Google said it would file its application on Monday to bid on the valuable 700-megahertz spectrum, which is being vacated by television networks as they convert their signals to digital. The formal bidding process is scheduled to begin on Jan. 24. see:Google Heads For The Airwaves
Google cranked up the heat on U.S. phone carriers Friday, announcing that it will bid on coveted wireless spectrum in the upcoming Federal Communications Commission auction in January.Google will compete directly against major communications players such as Verizon Communications and AT&T, both of which are expected to bid in the Jan. 24 auction.Google said it plans to file its application to participate in the highly anticipated auction on Monday. “We believe it’s important to put our money where our principles are,” Chief Executive Eric Schmidt said in a statement. “Consumers deserve more competition and innovation than they have in today’s wireless world.”
Google to bid for 700MHz spectrum
Google’s application to participate in the 700MHz spectrum auction will not include any partnersGoogle intends to bid on wireless spectrum in the 700MHz band when the U.S. Federal Communications Commission begins auctioning that resource in late January, the company announced Friday.Google has previously expressed interest in the spectrum, which is being made available as U.S. television stations move to all-digital broadcasts by February 2009. Earlier this year, Google joined consumer and public-interest groups in calling for the FCC to impose open-access rules on part of the 62MHz of spectrum to be auctioned. In July, the FCC voted to require open-access rules, which would require the winning bidder to allow outside devices and applications on the network. will bid for mobile web spectrum
The company has confirmed that it wants a share of ‘the last beachfront property in the radio spectrum’

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