The applications for potential bidders in the upcoming 700 MHz auction this January came to pass on Monday, and at least two bidders announced their intent before applying: Google and Cox. AT&T and Frontline Wireless have also more or less confirmed their status as bidders and we can only assume that Verizon Wireless is going to participate given the fight they put up over the open access rules a few months ago.
Two cable companies, however, have come out and said they will not participate in the auction: Time Warner and Comcast. Sprint has also indicated it has no plans to participate. Now that the application deadline has come to pass, however, none of the assumed bidders can say whether or not they will be participating in the auction until the FCC announces the bidders just before the auction.
For more on the 700 MHz auction:
- read this article from CNET
- read this press release from Comcast
- keep up-to-date with the latest 700 Mhz Auction news here