Google already has a few things going for it prior to the auction, not the least of which
is the rules for it laid down by the FCC. The Web giant requested that the winning bidder would have to resell access to their network on a wholesale basis, rather than retaining, guarding and selling
it as they please.
The spectrum used to belong to radio and television broadcasters, which have been forced to give up the analog signals in favor of digital per a government mandate. The official move to digital signals will be early 2009. The 700 MHz spectrum, one of the last and biggest slices of radio airwaves left to be auctioned, is seen as the last chance for a new wireless carrier to enter the market.