The FCC is having a big ole sit down on June 12 to discuss this and other issues, and it will vote then on what to do with the spectrum. As of now, the proposal states that the winner of the license will need to provide free wireless broadband to 50% of the nation within four years, and then to 95% of the population by the end of the license term.
Free wireless broadband to half the country? Just how is the federal government going to convince some entity to pay billions of dollars to win the spectrum, and then billions more to build out a network and then just offer up services for free? The FCC proposal didn't include any provisions for the winner to make any money off this idea. There has to be another angle that wasn't made public.
Of course, Google might be able to make money. It could be sure that there are versions of Android devices that are compatible with this new spectrum. That would allow it to sell who knows how many devices that would have free wireless Internet. The idea of free wireless Internet should convince enough people to run out and buy Android this or Android that. Google and its OHA partners need only draft up some appealing devices and then sit back and watch the money roll in.
Until the network itself goes broke.