Baseless Carping from Google

by on September 13, 2007 · 0 comments

Verizon has sued to prevent the FCC from imposing the conditions Google sought in the 700 MHz auction. I don’t have an opinion on the merits, but I find Google’s complaining about it disingenuous.

Google sought competitive advantage through the regulatory process. One of its soon-to-be competitors is using the legal process to counter that.

Telecommunications providers have sought to work the regulatory and legal processes to their advantage forever. Google knows that, knew that going in, and adopted that mode of behavior in the 700 MHz auction. I can’t see where it has standing to complain of others engaging in that very same behavior.

Wrapping “consumer choice” around its effort to wring artificially high profit from the network it would operate doesn’t wash.

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