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Verizon Communications Inc and AT&T were big winners in the U.S. government's auction of wireless licenses that raised a record $19.59 billion, the Federal Communication Commission said on Thursday.
Verizon Wireless, a joint venture with Vodafone Group Plc, won the nationwide "C" block of the auction, giving it control of a major piece of the airwaves being vacated by television broadcasters as they move to digital signals in early 2009.
The FCC also said that AT&T had won 227 licenses from among the "B" block of regional licenses.
Verizon and AT&T Are Big Winners In Airwaves Auction [uk.reuters.com]
Hmmmm. They are getting out of the device biz and showing little real interest in the content biz, both, while going after more capacity to serve the consumer.
This is a good thing for the Internet and those who call themselves webmasters.
how come I did not come up with the idea and patent selling waves in the air?
and one would think that in a "free country" air is a basic human right. and a FREE AIR would be a right. and one could use their own transmitters and jammers because it is their ESSENTIAL RIGHT. Yet apparently some self-proclaimed "authority" calls themselves "government" and feels they can "regulate" these things.
19.5 billion is nothing if you buy a monopoly and can charge people whatever.
I wonder if a class action is possible against these folks for air pollution.