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Google Loses Wireless Auction, But Wins Anyway



While it would have been interesting to see what Google would have done, if it had won some of the new wireless airwaves, the company’s satisfied with it’s role as disrupter.

As Reuters reports

Nevertheless, the auction was seen as a victory for Google, since the bidding was high enough to trigger the “open-platform” rules it requested for the nationwide airwaves eventually won by Verizon.

Google called it a victory for American consumers. “Consumers soon should begin enjoying new, Internet-like freedom to get the most out of their mobile phones and other wireless devices,” said a statement from Google lawyers Richard Whitt and Joseph Faber.

As we reported yesterday, Verizon Wireless, AT&T Inc and Frontier Wireless, took the lion’s share of new airwaves. The auctions raised a record $19.12 billion for the government.

  • http://www.dslreports.com Karl

    Do we really think that AT&T and Verizon are bothered by the fact they have to pretend to adhere to some loosely enforceable conditions crafted by an FCC they’ve effectively run for the last decade?

    I do take issue with this continuing meme that a Google loss was really a “win”….

    http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/Google-The-Wireless-Tease-92842

  • http://www.gadgets4nowt.co.uk PS3

    We’ve all said “we didn’t want it anyway” after a heavy defeat. Reminds me of being back in the school yard.

  • http://prosperitywriter.com/ Prosperity Writer

    its called “sour graping” folks. maybe its hard for big shots like google to accept defeat or being out done.

  • t-bone

    Are you guys for real? Google has 13.6 billion in reserves. If they wanted the 700Mhz band they’d have it now. It sold for 9.6 billion. Google doesn’t want to be in the carrier/provider business. I think we all can agree they are pretty successful in their current business model. Google and the other members of the Open Handset Alliance lobbied the FCC heavily that 4 requirements be placed on the bandwidth: open applications, open devices, open services, and open networks. FCC adopted 2 of them IF it sold for over 4.6 billion.