Featured Articles

IDC says PC market is rebounding

IDC says PC market is rebounding

Research firm IDC has published its latest report into the state of the PC market and while there are some signs…

More...
TSMC steps up development of 10nm process

TSMC steps up development of 10nm process

TSMC, the world’s biggest chip foundry for hire, has reportedly stepped up development of its 10nm manufacturing process.

More...
Broadwell 14nm desktop comes late in Q2 2015

Broadwell 14nm desktop comes late in Q2 2015

A while ago we mentioned that Broadwell won’t show up in the desktop space this year and we got it right.…

More...
AMD A8-7600 Kaveri APU reviewed

AMD A8-7600 Kaveri APU reviewed

Today we'll take a closer look at AMD's A8-7600 APU Kaveri APU, more specifically we'll examine the GPU performance you can…

More...
EVGA GTX 780 Classified reviewed

EVGA GTX 780 Classified reviewed

The EVGA GTX 780 Classified has been dethroned as the company’s fastest non-Titan card following the introduction of the GTX 780…

More...
Frontpage Slideshow | Copyright © 2006-2010 orks, a business unit of Nuevvo Webware Ltd.
Friday, 21 March 2008 06:43

Verizon and AT&T win big in 700MHz auction

Written by David Stellmack

Image

FCC announces bid winners

AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications, Inc. the two largest mobile phone companies in the U.S., won the lion's share of a nearly $20 billion auction of 700 MHz analog spectrum that will soon be vacated by television broadcasters.

Verizon and AT&T were awarded more than $16 billion of licenses, which they said they will use to enhance existing voice and data services.  Frontier Wireless, a partner of satellite TV operator DISH Network Corporation, won a $711 million piece of the pie in the spectrum.

Verizon Wireless, a joint venture with Verizon Communications and Vodafone Group Plc, won a $4.74 bid that trumped Google Inc.’s bid of $4.71 billion for the largest chunk of the block of the “C” portion of the 700 MHz spectrum.

While Google did not win any awards in the auction, it won in the sense that it did not have to buy any spectrum and helped set the bar for the rules for the “C” portion of the spectrum by guaranteeing that the open platform rules applied to those airwaves. Google said the auction was a victory for American consumers.

The 700-MHz “D” airwaves did not reach the $1.3 billion minimum bid set and the FCC also said it would set aside this block for now. This block will be shared with public safety agencies and drew a single bid of $472 million. The FCC did not immediately say what they would do with the D-block airwaves.

Last modified on Friday, 21 March 2008 14:07

David Stellmack

E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
blog comments powered by Disqus

 

Facebook activity

Latest Commented Articles

Recent Comments