Thank you. Basically every U.S. consumer watching this saga hopes that you guys will win. Best of luck!
if this story was in fact leaked by Google to WSJ - perhaps you should consider other sources.WSJ is subscription based, so most will only get a paragraph.WSJ is usually first with every major Google related leak - please consider your readers who do not have subscriptions.
Bidding on this seems like a no-lose proposition for Google, since even if you don't win the auction, by forcing the price to be at least $4.6B, you'll still weaken the walled gardens significantly because of the new, open spectrum, which is good for net neutrality, which is good for Google.But...is it really "no lose", as in, could an Evil Telco, e.g.: a) overbid to make sure they get the spectrum. What's an extra $5B when you have the amount of cash that an AT&T has on hand, and nothing else to really spend it on?and then b) "bury" the spectrum, i.e. take 5 years to roll out a uselessly buggy version 1.0 and then another 5 to roll out 1.1, and then drag the ensuing "you have to live up to the deal" litigation out another 10 years as the FCC, Google and company try to force the winner to live up to the deal?What's the legal reality? Significant precedents? Nice post, can I bet on the auction in Vegas?
I sure hope Google wins the bid and see their wireless service develop to give us the consumer more choices and lower prices on wireless service or even free in exchange of ad viewing, which there are everywhere already. bid is up to 12billion 01/30/08
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