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Google announced it will bid alone on the 700 MHz wireless spectrum

For many mobile professionals and other enthusiasts being without a wireless Internet connections is unfathomable. But for those outside of large cities the thought of a high-speed wireless network is merely a dream because the service simply isn’t available.

When the FCC first announced in August of 2007 an auction for the newly set aside 700 MHz frequency, rumors started to circulate that Google would be one of the bidders for the frequency spectrum. In July of 2007, right before the FCC announced the bidding would be open, Google said if its requirements were met; it would bid the minimum $4.6 billion USD for the spectrum.

In what was perceived by many as a gearing up of sorts to getting its hands on the 700 MHz wireless frequency, Google and 34 phone industry companies launched the Android mobile phone OS. The new Android OS was seen as a direct competitor to Microsoft’s mobile OS dominance with Windows Mobile.

Today Google made the official announcement that it would file its formal application to participate in the 700MHz auction. Google states its application would be filed on December 3, 2007 with the FCC, which is the first step in the auction process. Google also pointed out that its application did not include any partners.

"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."

In his Google blog Chris Sacca, Head of Special Initiatives at Google, wrote, “Here at Google, we see the upcoming 700 megahertz spectrum auction at the Federal Communications Commission as one of the best opportunities consumers will have to enjoy more choices in the world of wireless devices.”

There is more to the 700 MHz frequency than simply the chance to offer mobile communications devices. The frequency is able to transmit over long distances with low power requirements meaning that the spectrum could bring broadband Intent connectivity to rural areas that are often only serviced by dial up web connectivity.

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what are google's principles?
By GeorgeOrwell on 12/1/2007 5:27:55 AM , Rating: 4
And just what, objectively, has Google done to make anyone's life better?

I cannot see one area where Google has improved the consumer's ability to choose. If anything, Google's monopoly on search and ads is showing that Google likes removing choice, not increasing it. Google's recent acquisition of DoubleClick! is the latest example of Google reducing choice and gaining more power to raise prices for consumers.

I can't see anything that Google offers at a reasonable and fair price. Even the services they offer for "free" they are reaming customers who should be getting paid to get datamined.

Even Google's treatment of open source is nothing more than lip service. For the amount of open source that Google utilizes, Google has an extremely low level of "giving back".

Every opportunity Google gets to ream another company, they do it. Just like Google cloning the Java virtual machine to get around Sun's licensing. This is another example of how Google is nothing more than Microsoft 2.0.

This spectrum offering should be put into the public domain. The government owes the people something after taking $2 trillion from them to spend on the Iraq war. Selling the spectrum to any company -- Google, telecom, Microsoft, etc., is just setting the economy back hundreds of billions of dollars vs. enabling a large diverse set of companies and communities to develop an open high-speed network.

RE: what are google's principles?
By SiliconAddict on 12/1/2007 5:40:46 AM , Rating: 1
Umm you get those services for free through the data mining and advertisements which are a whole hell of a lot less intrusive then other's. I really am sick of people thinking that such services should automatically be free. Clue: this is costing Google money to give you e-mail, Google Earth, Docs, Goog411, Search Engines, etc for free.
They are a fucking company not a charity. You don't like it go create your own company with such morals and see how long you stay in business giving away services for free all the while all the people using said services are chowing down on your bandwidth and nailing your servers hard.
I really want to support the open source crowd but I swear to god most of these folks are out of touch with the real world when it comes to how things work. Yes in a perfect world Google would hand out all these services for free with no strings attached. The spectrum would be used for free. You would pay a marginal fee for a handset using Asteroid (Or do you expect that to be free as well?). But it ain't a perfect world and Google needs to make money like any other company who wants to stay in business.

RE: what are google's principles?
By GeorgeOrwell on 12/1/2007 6:01:37 AM , Rating: 1
You didn't answer the question, certainly not objectively.

As for Google Earth and virtually all the "services" you listed, they are not "free" except in a low-end limited functionality edition.

It must be made very clear that even the "free" things that Google offers are not truly free in that you are trading an unknown, unspecified level of datamining for your ability to use some apps/storage on Google's servers. Note that these servers have already been subsidized by the tax payer as has the bulk of the information that Google collects and then restricts access to. So you are paying taxes to support Google's data collection, datamining, and then claiming that there is some sort of economic imbalance. You are right. The imbalance is that Google is not paying you back.

As for "open source", that is something that is feared by most companies. It is getting back to cooperation vs. competition, to doing things together for the good of all vs. the exploitation of the many by the few. Open source is far more representative of early America than the blind "anything for money" companies that rule America today.

If you are so happy with the status quo, with the world going to hell at an incredible speed, then fight with all your might for Google's right to lie, cheat, and steal to make a profit. Yep, go ahead and fight for their right to steal from taxpayers, datamine taxpayers without any legal process, spy on people without any legal process, etc. You are such a stand up guy, aren't you?

Just remember one thing no matter how much Google's deceptions blind you:

"For the love of money is truly the root of all evil"

RE: what are google's principles?
By TomZ on 12/1/2007 1:40:21 PM , Rating: 2
that these servers have already been subsidized by the tax payer as has the bulk of the information that Google collects and then restricts access to

Please substantiate your claim that taxpayer dollars were used to pay for Google's servers. I find that claim pretty unbelievable. I call BS on that.

"For the love of money is truly the root of all evil"

That's a pretty stupid quote, especially in this context. Sure, money does corrupt some people, but for most people money is just a means to an end. In other words, for most people it is just a way to get a roof over their head, food in their belly, and to pay for the other necessities of life.

Just think about it - people cause the problems in the world, not money. Money is not some unstoppable force that causes people to act involuntarily. People are responsible for their actions, period.

RE: what are google's principles?
By rebturtle on 12/1/2007 2:44:21 PM , Rating: 3
"Sure, money does corrupt some people, but for most people money is just a means to an end."

I'm sorry, but I call BS on that.

From the World Socialist Web Site (search: "global wealth")
"The UN figures indicate that 45.5 percent of the US adult population (or about 92 million people) is in the top 10 percent of the world’s population by wealth. However, to qualify for the top 10 percent requires total assets of only $61,041. For the bulk of American workers who reach this level, the majority of these assets are tied up in their homes and vehicles. A US census report based on 2000 data found that 67 percent of the population reported ownership of a home, and that the median net worth of this house (that is, the value of the house minus mortgages) amounted to $59,000."

Everyone reading this is probably seated comfortably, inside an adequate structure, and has had at least a couple meals since yesterday. They are also on a computer, which is not a necessity of life. Nor is the truck that I drive around in, my camera, my cell phone, etc. People don't stop wanting things once they have the necessities in life though. We get comfortable, and then there's something "better" or "more comfortable."

Sure, I give to charity, but I don't live as cheaply as possible and give everything else to them. I work construction, and my wife runs a small business. We have a truck and an SUV that both get around 15MPG, a 3 bedroom house, and a couple nice computers (and lots of spare parts from previous builds -lol). I suppose we fall in around the middle to upper-middle class in America, but I can still think of hundreds of (moderately expensive) things I'd still like to buy. Yet I can remember when I was younger and had practically nothing but a roof and a full belly and was just as happy.

We are gluttonous, greedy, self-serving creatures by nature. Money is a conduit for goods and power and we will almost always want more than we need. Money may not necessarily be the root of all evil, but it certainly is an expressway to getting there.

In the same way some of us might envy or hate Google for their wealth and power, much of the world (90%!) may envy and hate each of you for yours.

RE: what are google's principles?
By TomZ on 12/1/2007 3:35:43 PM , Rating: 2
We are gluttonous, greedy, self-serving creatures by nature. Money is a conduit for goods and power and we will almost always want more than we need. Money may not necessarily be the root of all evil, but it certainly is an expressway to getting there.

Speak for yourself, dude. I don't see it that way, and I don't think most Americans do either.

But that said - I do think it is good to be self-serving. There's a reason that's programmed into our genetic code - survival. Some people forget about that little detail. A person who doesn't the welfare of themselves and their family first is a fool.

"The Space Elevator will be built about 50 years after everyone stops laughing" -- Sir Arthur C. Clarke

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