advertising
Link to jump to start of content The Seattle Times Company Jobs Autos Homes Rentals NWsource Classifieds seattletimes.com
The Seattle Times Business & Technology
Traffic | Weather | Your account Movies | Restaurants | Today's events

News, analysis and perspectives from the
technology team at The Seattle Times.
Have a news tip? Follow the links below to e-mail us.

All blogs and discussions:

Go

August 22, 2007

Google may bid on airwaves

Posted by Tricia Duryee at 2:27 PM

Google is still leaning toward bidding in the U.S. mobile phone airwave auctions in January after the FCC detailed its plans for the spectrum.

At a conference of regulatory leaders in Aspen, Colo., Reuters reported that Google CEO Eric Schmidt said his company would "probably" move ahead with plans to bid for wireless spectrum that's ideal for providing wireless broadband access.

I asked Rick Whitt, Google's telecom and media counsel in Washington, D.C., a few weeks ago whether Google was going to participate. The company had said it would bid $4.6 billion in the auction as long as the FCC agreed to designate the spectrum for open access. The FCC agreed to some of Google's conditions, but not all.

Whitt said Google had to take into consideration the rules the FCC was laying out and how the bidding would take place before he could say for sure.

Reuters said it was Bellevue-based T-Mobile USA government relations chief Thomas Sugrue who asked at the conference whether Google planned to take part in the auction.

Schmidt replied: "Probably would be the way to answer that."

Share:    Digg     Newsvine

Tricia Duryee
Tricia Duryee
E-mail|Bio


Angel Gonzalez
Angel Gonzalez
E-mail|Bio


Kristi Heim
Kristi Heim
E-mail|Bio


Benjamin J. Romano
Benjamin J. Romano
E-mail|Bio


Mark Watanabe
Mark
Watanabe

E-mail|Bio

Marketplace

advertising

advertising