Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Investing in the future of the open Internet



(Cross-posted from the Official Google Blog)

As you may have read, Google, Comcast, Intel Capital, Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks and Trilogy Equity Partners have entered into an agreement to invest $3.2 billion in a new wireless broadband company. The new company will combine Clearwire's existing consumer WiMAX business with Sprint's broadband infrastructure and 2.5 GHz spectrum to create a new nationwide wireless broadband network. In addition to our $500 million contribution as part of the investment group, we will provide search and applications to the network's users, and will work with Clearwire to offer additional services and applications. This will include jointly creating an open Internet protocol to work with mobile broadband devices (including Android-powered devices) and implementing other open network practices and policies.

We believe that the new network will provide wireless consumers with real choices for the software applications, content and handsets that they desire. Such freedom will mirror the openness principles underlying the Internet and enable users to get the most out of their wireless broadband experience. As we've supported open standards for spectrum and wireless handsets, we're especially excited that Clearwire intends to build and maintain a network that will embrace important openness features. In particular, the network will: (1) expand advanced high speed wireless Internet access in the U.S., (2) allow consumers to utilize any lawful applications, content and devices without blocking, degrading or impairing Internet traffic and (3) engage in reasonable and competitively-neutral network management.

We're looking forward to seeing the Clearwire network take shape and begin to deliver benefits to users, and we will continue to look for new partners to promote openness and bring compelling applications and services to end users. There's more information on Clearwire and the transaction on Clearwire's site.

3 comments:

Josh Koenig said...

How is Sprint's infrastructure involved? I'm nearing the end of my contract with them and was planning to switch carriers in order to get better next-gen services. Does this potentially influence that decision?

Josh Koenig said...

Answering my own question: sprint's WiMAX unit and Clearwire are merging, and this Joint Venture is the vehicle for the funding. Very cool for the market. As a Sprint customer I'm not sure what to think, yet.

Bux-Mont Awards said...

I have the same problem, my business is looking to take advantage of the next gen phones and network and am eagerly awaiting Sprints next play