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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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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.

"We can't expect users to use common sense. That would eliminate the need for all sorts of legislation, committees, oversight and lawyers." -- Christopher Jennings

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