According to Reuters, the 700MHz "C" Block has received an opening bid of $1.24 billion. Unfortunately, a minimum bid of $4.6 billion is required to trigger the open-access rule. The rule which requires the victor to open that long-propagating and basement-penetrating spectrum to any and all mobile devices and software applications. It's so important that Google, Verizon, and others
have been battling over it
even before the FCC auction began
. No worries, the auction has several weeks to go. If no one else steps up, Google is on-deck
with that minimum bid.