Google, Microsoft Co-Founder Bidding For Spectrum

700MHz auction takes place Jan. 24

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The 700MHz wireless spectrum auction taking place in 2008 will have 96 bidders seeking this lucrative slice of the airwaves.Google, Microsoft Co-Founder Bidding For Spectrum

Out of 266 prospective bidders for the 700MHz auction, only 96 received the Federal Communication Commission’s blessing as acceptable to file for that wireless spectrum. A couple of names stood out in the list.

Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates in 1975, and Google have had their applications accepted by the FCC. They must make an upfront payment by 6 pm ET on January 4th, 2008, to proceed.

As part of the anonymous bidding process, information like the amounts of the upfront payments will not be publicized. Anyone disclosing non-public information, including those payments and license selections, could be in violation of the anti-collusion rules in place for the auction.

Google’s application under the name Google Airwaves, and Allen’s Vulcan Spectrum, are two of the accepted applicants. A couple of familiar names appear in the Incomplete applications list. Alltel and AT&T have some work to do to get their submissions up to spec, and resubmitted by the January 4th deadline.


Google, Microsoft Co-Founder Bidding For Spectrum
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