According to a recent Reuters report, Google just might go it alone when it comes to bidding on the 700-megahertz spectrum airwaves necessary to launch a U.S. wireless network.
The company has lots of options--go it alone, partner up now, partner up later if it wins, and/or limit its bid to the "C" block and "D" block of airwaves. Preparations are underway to meet the December 3 deadline to apply. Google will have no trouble meeting the price tag. It can either fund from its own growing cash coffers, or hit Wall Street for financing. In the latter case, that would mean less need for partners.
At the heart of the Google decision is whether or not there will be open use of the networks. The FCC is requiring that a large segment of the spectrum would enable consumers to use any device or applications that work. It did not, however, state that open access to network capacity be resold to independent mobile service providers on a wholesale basis.
So does Google really want to put up the cash, commit to the funding, and then spend up to another $10 billion to build a nationwide wireless network? What do you think?