After Verizon won the Block C portion in the recent 700MHz wireless spectrum auction by the FCC, Google noticed that Verizon seemed to be ignoring the open access rules with the spectrum and doing things a bit differently than Google believed they should, resulting in Google filing a complaint with the FCC.
Verizon has responded, saying that they “understood the FCC’s rules for using that spectrum…of course we’ll abide by those rules.”
Verizon also responded to Google’s complaint saying that “Google’s filing has no legal basis…It’s really no surprise that despite not winning spectrum, they continue to try to change the rules and further their own business interests through the regulatory process.”
[Via Ars Technica]
Verizon was one of the big spenders/winners in the recent FCC auction for the 700MHz.
AT&T, another one of the auction winners, has already announced what their plans are. What does Verizon plan to do?
Looks like roughly the same thing that AT&T will be doing–using it to provide a high-speed 4G LTE network.
Here’s their timetable at this point:
- Finalize standards
- Begin field trials
- Begin network preparations
- Advanced device trails
- Select vendors
- Begin network deployment
- Launch network
- Rapid coverage acceleration to full deployment
When the FCC’s auction for pieces of the 700MHz spectrum was over, AT&T came out as one of the big spenders/winners.
So what do they plan to do with it?
Set a new 4G LTE network.
Ralph dl la Vega, CEO of AT&T Mobility, made the announcement today but don’t expect to see it anytime soon. Beginning in February of 2009 the spectrum will be available for use, but we shouldn’t expect to see widespread commercial deployment until around the year 2012.
The 4G would certainly be nice to see sooner than that, but don’t give up 3G just yet. Next year AT&T has plans to double their 3G speeds up to 7.2Mbps downstream which should keep a lot of us more or less happy until 4G comes hits (assuming you’ll have 3G coverage where you work and play, of course).