The FCC announced Monday that the final round of bidders has been trimmed to 214, leaving over 50 people/groups off the initial list. Who’s gone? Well, we knew Frontline Wireless was out. So is Faithfone Wireless, the Navajo Department of Information Technology and a dude named Mitchell Hoffman.
Quick primer; This auction takes place on January 24th, with a mock auction on the 22nd. The auction will be blind which means that bidders will know the amount of the highest bid, but not the identity. For more details on the auction, please check out our previous articles here and here.
If the FCC doesn’t meet its reserve price for the spectrum it is auctioning off, there will be a rebidding process with loosened restrictions. In that case, Google’s “open to all devices” requirement could be the first rule out the door.