Take Two: GoogleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Wireless Ambitions
GoogleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s mobile ambitions have by now been widely articulated in the media, and after my initial post, I spent some time on the phone with various people discussing whether or not it made any financial sense for Google to be chasing the wireless dream. Many of the folks I chatted with expressed reservations about Google actually building a network, and felt that the company is using a big stick to get U.S. carriers to get a move on.
The FCC, for instance, has offered Google (GOOG) some measured encouragement in the hopes that the firmÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s involvement in the wireless auctions would help push the prices up past the $10 billion mark. Google is, after all, obligated to make at least a minimum bid of $4.6 billion since the FCC agreed to their Ã¢â‚¬Å“Open AccessÃ¢â‚¬Â requirements for the C Block.
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