Verizon, AT&T Big Winners in 700MHz Spectrum Auction - InformationWeek
04:45 PM
Jake Widman
Jake Widman
Moving UEBA Beyond the Ground Floor
Sep 20, 2017
This webinar will provide the details you need about UEBA so you can make the decisions on how bes ...Read More>>

Verizon, AT&T Big Winners in 700MHz Spectrum Auction

The Register, ChannelWeb

With a bid of more than $9 billion in the FCC auction, Verizon took the consumer-oriented C block of the 700MHz spectrum, while AT&T's $6 billion bid netted it regional licenses in the same block.The auction included an open access requirement that will enable consumers to use any phone or software of their choosing to access the spectrum. Analysts have predicted that the result should be cheaper and, with luck, more innovative options for mobile communications; a bMighty blogger commented last September that it "could make all the difference."

Google, which had submitted a $4.6 billion bid, ended up empty-handed. Nevertheless, the company claims to be happy with the results: a post on the company blog reads, "Although Google didn't pick up any spectrum licenses, the auction produced a major victory for American consumers. We congratulate the winners and look forward to a more open wireless world. As a result of the auction, consumers...soon should begin enjoying new, Internet-like freedom to get the most out of their mobile phones and other wireless devices."

The FCC was equally optimistic. The agency's statement said that "the auction has already had an impact on the wireless industry. Following the Commission's decision to impose an open platform requirement on the C block, Verizon Wireless made a commitment to open its entire network to devices and applications of consumers' own choosing."The Register, ChannelWeb

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
To learn more about what organizations are doing to tackle attacks and threats we surveyed a group of 300 IT and infosec professionals to find out what their biggest IT security challenges are and what they're doing to defend against today's threats. Download the report to see what they're saying.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
IT Strategies to Conquer the Cloud
Chances are your organization is adopting cloud computing in one way or another -- or in multiple ways. Understanding the skills you need and how cloud affects IT operations and networking will help you adapt.
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Flash Poll