Auction 73 – The Biggest Little Auction You Never Heard Of – Part 1

Disclaimer: All of the facts included in this short story are true and available for public view.  I think this is an important issue that concerns us all.

This was originally an entry in a creative writing contest on a “conspiracy” web site,  I like to think of them as think tanks.

There is a funny saying about those  type of sites, ‘The good side,  half of the stuff on there is melodramatic, fear mongering misinformation, the bad side, it’s only half!’

The views and opinions are my own personal conclusions and of my own research. It is not my  intention to direct my concerns at any one corporation or administration.

We are in this energy mess because nothing has been done seriously to deal with it in previous decades.




We live in the communications age. It is probably the greatest advancement of mankind yet. It could be used for educating the world, learning and appreciating other cultures and languages while creating countless jobs worldwide. For once, we as a planet are able to talk as a whole, instantly and have access to the entire knowledge base of mankind. This is an amazing time. Will it be used for this or will it be used for profit. For the public good is bad for business you know…

The last analog television station went off the air 2009 in the U.S. freeing up the RF Spectrum for more advanced digital technology including digital television and broadband internet. Lot’s more info used on the same frequencies.

There was a very important FCC Government Auction in 2008 for the license to use these airwaves called Auction 73.

My curious mind first started to wonder some years back, why the digital tv transition and high speed internet for everyone all of the sudden?

Scared of alien capture of analog signals sent through space and want cousin Freddy to be able to educate himself about god knows what out in the sticks? No. There must be a more terrestrial reason.

They want to implement some kind of control grid to regulate energy consumption to homes through the use of energy smart devices and smart meters along with connections to everyone’s house and persons via phones to do who knows what? Total information. eh maybe

They want to better the lives of human kind and create new business by bringing high speed internet to the masses at the cheapest, most logical efficient means as possible?

That must be it!

But wait, the infrastructure is already in place to connect every powered structure in the world to 1gb internet service. hmmm…

This is going to be long, techy, mundane, and seemingly pointless at first. Most clandestine operations that affect us in a huge way are. And they are usually glossed over with official names like Auction 73.

This affects all of us so read on.

Technology rules every part of our lives now. All Commerce, Information, Power distribution, Security, everything is on the network. You think the government wants to bring digital TV and high speed broadband to your grandmother in rural Kansas so she can watch well hoaxed UFO videos on Youtube. Think again.

How about this, what you are getting is a piece of garbage that is presented to make you believe that is good for you and your safety while making billions in the process. Hearts and Minds. Business as usual.

The FCC is playing ball with AT&T and Verizon lobbyist , to keep the infrastructure monopolized, keep prices way up, keeping new technologies and entrepreneurship suppressed, getting a brand new Nationwide ” Public Safety” Emergency Broadband System, keeping the network slower than possible, Implementing an energy smart grid to regulate the power you consume (by the way, the current electrical grid we have is more than capable of delivering power and full duplex 1gb internet right now to every house in America, more on that later) and giving TARP funds to help implement the new systems. Go figure, the companies receiving the TARP funds are signing contracts with the Giants that won the auctions to broadcast over the airwaves.

But this is not what is the media and the government (it’s hard to tell the difference between anymore) is making it out to be, as usual, it is the best thing for the American people since apple pie.

Google inc. was trying to make this a consumer winning venture. They failed, partly, and it’s business as usual in Washington. While the lobbyist, politicians and which “person” aka corporation who pays the most wins while we lose.

Did I mention there is a nifty new Public Safety Wireless Broadband System.pdf that AT&T, Verizon and TARP will pay for (via your Iphone and your taxes) and hopefully maintain tucked in there too? DHS and FEMA have total control of all commercial and public safety frequencies of internet and TV in times of emergency. Flips switch (updated) taps touchscreen.

I am sure we will have the same crap programming and nonstop commercials we have now, just a hunch.

Never heard of Auction73

      Neither had I, It went unnoticed in 2008 just before the digital tv transition was complete.

The United States 700 MHz FCC wireless spectrum auction, officially known as Auction 73,[1] was started by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on January 24, 2008 for the rights to operate the 700 MHz frequency band in the United States. The details of process were the subject of debate among several telecommunications companies, including Verizon Wireless, AT&T, as well as the Internet company Google. Much of the debate swirled around the “open access” requirements set down by the Second Report and Order released by the FCC determining the process and rules for the auction. All bidding was required by law to commence by January 28.

The last transmissions by the incumbent television broadcasters using this spectrum ceased on June 12, 2009 except for LPTV (Low Power TV) stations, which can stay on the air with an analog signal until the winning bidders start operations. Full power TV stations ceased analog broadcasting on June 12, 2009.

This is not new. This is how all governments have always done business , they sell the radio spectrum to broadcasters. They sell the right to use the radio waves (or air) over their territory. The difference now has to do current technology and how much info they can pack into the radio spectrum now with digital tv and broadband. It’s a New Frontier, The Wild West, a good opportunity that will not go to waste. By Bye analog tv your cramming up good space.

President Barak Obama recently talked about the need of bringing High Speed Internet to rural communities in the 2011 SOTU Address:

Within the next five years, we’ll make it possible for businesses to deploy the next generation of high-speed wireless coverage to 98 percent of all Americans. This isn’t just about faster Internet or fewer dropped calls. It’s about connecting every part of America to the digital age. It’s about a rural community in Iowa or Alabama where farmers and small business owners will be able to sell their products all over the world. It’s about a firefighter who can download the design of a burning building onto a handheld device; a student who can take classes with a digital textbook; or a patient who can have face-to-face video chats with her doctor.

Notice the subtle but very direct shameless Verizon plugs. What a salesman.

Google Inc. tried to get four very important requirements in the auction that would guarantee:

1. Open applications: Consumers should be able to download and utilize any software applications, content, or services they desire;

2. Open devices: Consumers should be able to utilize a handheld communications device with whatever wireless network they prefer

3. Open services: Third parties (resellers) should be able to acquire wireless services from a 700 MHz licensee on a wholesale basis, based on reasonably nondiscriminatory commercial terms

4. Open networks: Third parties (like internet service providers) should be able to interconnect at any technically feasible point in a 700 MHz licensee’s wireless network.

Google also wanted to have the right to rent the frequencies to other local broadcasters at wholesale. This would have sparked an new industrial revolution in America. It literally would have brought thousands of new broadcasting, services, devices and applications development, IT, and local maintenance. Nope!

Verizon and AT&T fought tooth and nail against all four because they already hold the monopoly on all four. They claimed it “violates the U.S. Constitution, violates the Administrative Procedures Act … and is arbitrary, capricious, unsupported by the substantial evidence and otherwise contrary to law.” Corporations are people too you know!

In the end only two of the open architecture regulations were enforced by the FCC: Open devices and Open Apps.

AT&T and Verizon keep their monopoly on the physical networks and services, while Google won not even being in the final bidding by the two wireless giants having to allow Google’s Android and all other devices and apps operate on their network.
Punch in the face to AT&T and Verizon, but it makes it seem that you and me ,the consumer, seem like we just got something in our best interest. Smoke and Mirrors.

By the way, Google’s initial minimum 4.6 billion dollar offer was only good if the four regulations were in place. Google retracted from bidding.

The final bidding FAR exceeded that by bringing in 19.1 billion dollars. For Air. Auction 73 Results

We already know that regardless of which bidders ultimately win the auction, consumers will be the real winners either way. This is because the eventual winner of a key portion of this spectrum will be required to give its customers the right to download any application they want on their mobile device, and the right to use any device they want on the network (assuming the C Block reserve price of $4.6 billion is met in the auction). That’s meaningful progress in our ongoing efforts to help transform the relatively closed wireless world to be more like the open realm of the Internet.


Sorry Google that you did not win entirely. It would have brought competitive pricing new technologies, and business opportunities to smaller independent companies that want to better society, not ones that will be bought out by the giants in another Ponzi Scheme. Not to mention robbing opportunities of unemployed technical people like myself!

An interesting note: The Chevron Corporation won the bid for the ENTIRE Gulf of Mexico rights.


Knox, Laurel and Whitley counties, along with 56 others in Kentucky, will receive about $59 million in federal recovery act monies to bring high-speed Internet access in outlying areas.

That money will come to Windstream, which provides not only telephone service, but also television cable and satellite service.

The intent is to place lines into areas in the counties which either have low-quality high-speed access or only dial-up service.

The TimesTribune Dec. 6, 2010.

I smell a rat in Windstream………

Verizon Signs Contract With Windstream

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Jan. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Verizon Wireless, the nation’s largest and most reliable network, has been selected as the primary wireless provider for Windstream Corp., an S&P 500 company with operations in 29 states, including the District of Columbia, and annual revenues of about $4 billion.


There are many others that are in bed with AT&T and Verizon too. I found this example in about .000000005 seconds.

Pretty clandestine huh? They are pretty clever, they sell air, then print money out of the same air to pay for the air that they just bought and get a new system that could fail at anytime if these companies go bankrupt. WOW!

This is the end part 1

Original short story can be found here.

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