Google CEO Eric Schmidt has sent a letter to the FCC with a $4.6 billion bid for the upcoming 700MHz wireless spectrum – but only if the FCC adopts four proposals from the search engine.
Google’s offering to submit the FCC’s minimum bid, conditional on all four of the following platforms being adopted:
- Open applications: consumers should be able to download and utilize any software applications, content, or services they desire;
- Open devices: consumers should be able to utilize their handheld communications device with whatever wireless network they prefer;
- Open services: third parties (resellers) should be able to acquire wireless services from a 700 MHz licensee on a wholesale basis, based on reasonably nondiscriminatory commercial terms; and
- Open networks: third parties (like Internet service providers) should be able to interconnect at any technically feasible point in a 700 MHz licensee’s wireless network