Republican Congressmen Fred Upton, Cliff Stearns and John Shimkus are huffing and puffing that Google hosed the government in the ballyhooed 700MHz auction, only bidding to lock in the open access rules. They're right! Google totally "gamed the system" and had no interest in winning. But that's a good thing for us. If they hadn't, there probably wouldn't have been any open access rules, and it's very likely Verizon wouldn't be promising to open up their network to practically any device and service, which should spark real mobile innovation. Hurray for screwing the government! [Bloomberg]
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