Google Loses Wireless Spectrum Battle, But Wins The War

    March 21, 2008

While it would have been interesting to see what Google would have done, if it had won some of the new wireless airwaves, the company’s satisfied with it’s role as disrupter.

As Reuters reports

Nevertheless, the auction was seen as a victory for Google, since the bidding was high enough to trigger the “open-platform” rules it requested for the nationwide airwaves eventually won by Verizon.

Google called it a victory for American consumers. “Consumers soon should begin enjoying new, Internet-like freedom to get the most out of their mobile phones and other wireless devices,” said a statement from Google lawyers Richard Whitt and Joseph Faber.

As we reported yesterday, Verizon Wireless, AT&T Inc and Frontier Wireless, took the lion’s share of new airwaves. The auctions raised a record $19.12 billion for the government.