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Hear that? Yeah, that's the fat lady -- the 700MHz auction is over today, and the FCC netted $19.6B for the 1,099 licenses it put on the block. It's still not known who placed the winning $4.75B bid for the lucrative open-access 50-state C-block (probably Verizon) but hopefully we'll find out soon....

March 18th 2008 at 5:34pm 0 Comments
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Remember that "minimum technical standard" Verizon promised to detail in early 2008 when it announced its open network initiative last year? Manufacturers, developers, and pretty much anyone else that cares are all finally about to find out what that exactly that means at Verizon's Open Development...

February 26th 2008 at 10:22am 0 Comments
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Get your head out of election mode, people, we've got a 700MHz auction to worry about! Those in the know are saying that Verizon is sneaking away with the C block, and that Google isn't too miffed about it. Plenty of pundits were predicting that Google would stand by its word and bid up to the $...

February 6th 2008 at 9:53am 0 Comments
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Get your head out of election mode, people, we've got a 700MHz auction to worry about! Those in the know are saying that Verizon is sneaking away with the C block, and that Google isn't too miffed about it. Plenty of pundits were predicting that Google would stand by its word and bid up to the $4....

February 6th 2008 at 9:53am 0 Comments
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We'll admit, wireless spectrum auctions aren't the most exciting thing in the world -- but as wireless spectrum auctions go, the FCC's 700MHz auction kicking off today is a doozy. What's it all about and what does it mean to you? Head on over to Engadget Mobile to find out everything you need to kn...

January 24th 2008 at 8:37am 0 Comments
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After months of fevered debate, last minute legal maneuvering, bitchy press releases, and drastic reversals of course, the most boring part of the 700MHz saga begins tomorrow: the actual auction. Yep, the pre-battle snipefest between Google and Verizon is over, the last participants have registered...

January 23rd 2008 at 1:51pm 0 Comments
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After months of fevered debate, last minute legal maneuvering, bitchy press releases, and drastic reversals of course, the most boring part of the 700MHz saga begins tomorrow: the actual auction. Yep, the pre-battle snipefest between Google and Verizon is over, the last participants have registere...

January 23rd 2008 at 1:51pm 0 Comments
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While we've already heard AT&T give its own praise in favor of the "open access" clause in the 700MHz spectrum auction, here comes yet another firm ready and willing to give the thumbs-up to the FCC on its relatively consumer-friendly decision. Nokia has made known that it "applauds" the move...

August 3rd 2007 at 4:32am 0 Comments
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The FCC has just approved rules on the highly-sought after, Google-attracting 700MHz wireless frequency band auction which will take place sometime next year. The agency has decided that one-third of the soon-to-be-empty band will be available to consumers under FCC chairman Kevin Martin's "open acc...

July 31st 2007 at 5:38pm 0 Comments
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The FCC has just approved rules on the highly-sought after, Google-attracting 700MHz wireless frequency band auction which will take place sometime next year. The agency has decided that one-third of the soon-to-be-empty band will be available to consumers under FCC chairman Kevin Martin's "open acc...

July 31st 2007 at 5:38pm 0 Comments
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The jostling around the upcoming FCC auction for the 700MHz spectrum has been kind of a snoozefest until now: as you'd expect, big wireless companies like Verizon have staunchly supported the traditional closed license model, while 'net companies like Google have advocated for open access. That's ab...

July 19th 2007 at 7:19pm 0 Comments