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The 700 MHz auction ended yesterday, and the $19.59 billion going to the Treasury looks like a lot until you realize the government’s total budget is $2.9 trillion. But now the waiting (and speculating) can begin. What will happen with the failed auction for the D […]

The 700 MHz auction ended yesterday, and the $19.59 billion going to the Treasury looks like a lot until you realize the government’s total budget is $2.9 trillion. But now the waiting (and speculating) can begin. What will happen with the failed auction for the D block, which had been allocated for public safety? Who paid the $4.75 billion for the C block — Verizon, Google (not likely) or AT&T? What will an “open network” look like? As in life, the answer to one question often leads to many more.

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  1. The Wireless Spectrum Auction Has Ended Wednesday, March 19, 2008

    [...] And simply to quote one of the folks who’ve reported it, Stacey Higginbotham at GigaOm; [...]

  2. Verizon and AT&T Score in 700Mhz Auction – GigaOM Thursday, March 20, 2008

    [...] to the nation’s wireless infrastructure, the 700MHz auction came to a close this week after raising $19.59 billion. Much like a political election, the incumbents won, and talk of change will likely remain just [...]

  3. Verizon and AT&T Score in 700Mhz Auction – GigaOM Thursday, March 20, 2008

    [...] to the nation’s wireless infrastructure, the 700MHz auction came to a close this week after raising $19.59 billion. Much like a political election, the incumbents won, and talk of change will likely remain just [...]

  4. Internet. » Blog Archive » Verizon and AT&T Score in 700Mhz Auction Thursday, March 20, 2008

    [...] to the nation’s wireless infrastructure, the 700MHz auction came to a close this week after raising $19.59 billion. Much like a political election, the incumbents won, and talk of change will likely remain just [...]

  5. Fox-TWC Fight Could Weaken Broadcasters’ Hold on Spectrum – GigaOM Tuesday, December 29, 2009

    [...] all, the spectrum in the 700 MHz auction went for a total of $19.59 billion. Could the broadcast spectrum be as valuable as that? Naysayers point out this is unlikely given [...]

  6. The New FCC and a Small Reality Check – GigaOM Wednesday, January 6, 2010

    [...] is a government resource that private companies will pay dearly for (the 700 MHz auction generated more than $19 billion), Congress may be loathe to give up that source of revenue. The staffer said he thinks getting more [...]

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