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.