Friday, January 25, 2008

The FCC Ruined Our 700 MHz Fun!

The last FCC auction for wireless spectrum (AWS) was fun! As often as 3 times a day, geeks like us could log on to the FCC's web site and see who outbid who. This time, the FCC decided to make the 700 MHz wireless auction a "blind" auction, and no one will be able to see the results until it's all over next month.

The 700 MHz spectrum is made up of soon-to-be-abandoned analog TV channels and has the potential of yielding even better coverage than current cellular channels. This could be a much bigger deal than any of us imagine. We could end up with coverage in areas not possible today, and applications of technology some us haven't even dreamed about yet.

With entities like cable providers, cellular companies and the likes of Google competing for wireless space, we could be entering an era of untold, unwired possibilities! It looks like AT&T and Verizon Wireless will be the big bidders, but expect a few Dark Horses to cross the finish line in this race. Until then, we'll just watch the money, and not the horses, fly by.

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