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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: Telekom Google?
By GeorgeOrwell on 12/2/2007 7:54:39 PM , Rating: 2
I didn't say FATT has no fiber anywhere. If you look closer, you will see that U-Verse is architected using copper to the home, not fiber. Sure there will be fiber feeders that enable IPTV. But FATT is essentially maintaining current DSL speeds as its standard vs. the better speeds you can get from Verizon.

You may be happy with your FATT deal, but remember FATT can make those deals because the equipment has long been paid for by people who paid a lot more for it. Instead of upgrading your copper to any of the much higher speed DSL technologies, FATT is content to give you a lower price and just milk the profits. All the while the nationwide economy suffers from lack of bandwidth.

Finally, if you want a true picture of just desperate FATT customers are for better bandwidth, head over to dslreports.com and check out the forums. Verizon FIOS absolutely kills FATT and people are screaming for the return of competition vs. the massive lock-in that FATT has managed to achieve by paying off Washington.


RE: Telekom Google?
By TomZ on 12/3/2007 9:02:54 AM , Rating: 2
If AT&T can put 50Gbps of bandwidth into my house using copper, why should I care if the fiber ends at my house or at the end of the street?

Also, for Verizon, they have only a tiny portion of the US covered with FIOS. IIRC they plan to have it available to 1,000,000 households by 2010. That's pathetic. At that rate, it could be another 10 years before it's available here at my home. AT&T is taking a more practical view of bringing fiber to neighborhoods and using existing copper for the last few hundred feet. This will allow them to get high bandwidth to more customers much faster than FIOS.

Don't get me wrong, I'd sure prefer to fiber to my home, especially for the longer-term, but if I have to wait 10 years to get it, then I'd rather someone provide an intermediate step in the meantime, even if that step is not the best longer-term solution (fiber).

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All the while the nationwide economy suffers from lack of bandwidth.

I challenge you to explain and support that view. You are developing a real habit of pulling so-called "facts" like that out of your @ss.


RE: Telekom Google?
By jaakobi on 12/24/2007 10:30:47 PM , Rating: 2
No one can put 50 Gbps of bandwidth through your house with copper. Not even 10 Gbit ethernet over copper is out yet.
The maximum speed of Uverse is around 27 Mbps with their current equipment. The thing is, there is a limit to how fast copper can go. Fiber can go much farther distances with much greater bandwidth. Therefore, almost every telecom in the world will be poised to upgrade to all fiber at some point in the future.
Then again, AT&t is upgrading some areas with full fiber, but their crappy business philosophy as usual maintains that they should keep speeds low, because "people don't need it".
By the way, how would Verizon get Fios to your house when you say AT&T is your provider?


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