It’s Friday night in Dublin – but I wanted to send a quick heads up on Google’s Policy Blog and their perspective on the FCC Spectrum Auction. Here’s a excerpt:
Google’s top priority heading into the auction was to make sure that bidding on the so-called “C Block” reached the $4.6 billion reserve price that would trigger the important “open applications” and “open handsets” license conditions. We were also prepared to gain the nationwide C Block licenses at a price somewhat higher than the reserve price; in fact, for many days during the early course of the auction, we were the high bidder. But it was clear, then and now, that Verizon Wireless ultimately was motivated to bid higher (and had far more financial incentive to gain the licenses).
As I’ve said before I have a love/hate relationship with Google. I’m delighted that they posted anything on the behind-doors action but I also wonder what isn’t being said.