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Cable Giants Not Bidding In 700Mhz Auction
Time Warner, Comcast aren't interested...
by Karl Bode 12:57PM Monday Dec 03 2007
With today being the deadline to announce your intent, both Time Warner Cable and Comcast have confirmed that neither one of them will bid in next year's 700Mhz auction. Time Warner Cable CEO Glenn Britt told attendees of the UBS Global Media Week and Communications Conference in New York this morning that "We are not going to be in this particular auction." At the moment it doesn't look like any of the major cable operators will be participating.

Time Warner Cable's partnership with Sprint to offer co-branded cellphone service is on shaky ground, and the company doesn't seem particularly sure about their wireless ambitions:
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Britt says that consumers really don't want a quadruple-play bundle. "I don't think the quadruple play is a big deal," he said. "So far we've not seen a great demand for that." Time Warner hasn't completely thrown in the towel when it comes to wireless. "What we're doing is trying to understand that space..we do own some spectrum. We haven't completely decided yet how to use it."
Meanwhile, Comcast has issued a statement indicating they won't be bidding at auction, either:
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"Comcast Corporation has decided not to bid in the 700 MHz wireless auction. The 20 MHz of spectrum acquired in the wireless auction last year with our cable partners in SpectrumCo provides us with significant long-term flexibility and many strategic options. We will continue to explore how wireless can complement our services through various partnerships and consumer trials."

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needforspeed59
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Cox?

No word from Cox on this subject?
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Re: Cox?

said by needforspeed59:

No word from Cox on this subject?
There private not that it matters i don't think they have the cash do go it alone but who knows they may hook up with someone else and bid.
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I doubt they have the means to participate.
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said by needforspeed59:

No word from Cox on this subject?
Cox is bidding.

»money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/art···UNE5.htm
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huh?

Ok, maybe I'm lost here, but why would a cable co. need much, if any, wireless spectrum?

They get signals from geostationary satellites in space from huge dishes. Those get piped through many many wires and eventually end up going through coax into your house...
What am I missing??? What good would any of this 'spectrum' do for them???

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Re: huh?

said by amungus:

Ok, maybe I'm lost here, but why would a cable co. need much, if any, wireless spectrum?

They get signals from geostationary satellites in space from huge dishes. Those get piped through many many wires and eventually end up going through coax into your house...
What am I missing??? What good would any of this 'spectrum' do for them???
Start their own wireless company.

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said by amungus:

Ok, maybe I'm lost here, but why would a cable co. need much, if any, wireless spectrum?

They get signals from geostationary satellites in space from huge dishes. Those get piped through many many wires and eventually end up going through coax into your house...
What am I missing??? What good would any of this 'spectrum' do for them???
Branching out into the wireless service field maybe?
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For the hardly sought after "quadruple play". Cablecos not bidding on spectrum isn't a huge surprise. It's outside of their market focus and would cost them significantly to even be able to exploit the spectrum if they somehow miraculously won the auction.

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This isn't new turf for the cable co's. We spent $2.4 billion on spectrum just last year...... »www.dailywireless.org/2006/09/18···ts-done/

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Quad-play

I would get cell phone from my cable company if I wasn't already in a contract with Verizon...

That's probably why they don't see a lot of demand- people are locked into their current providers so they can't just "make the switch".
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Re: Quad-play

I'm waiting to see what happens with google before I renew my current contract with ATT......
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said by Tsume:

I would get cell phone from my cable company if I wasn't already in a contract with Verizon...

That's probably why they don't see a lot of demand- people are locked into their current providers so they can't just "make the switch".
I would certainly consider it if the service was actually cheaper when purchased from the cable company. The moronic Sprint/TWC offering is approximately $15 to $20 MORE per month than just getting it directly from Sprint. Yet somehow the marketing people are still scratching their heads wondering why nobody is buying it.........
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Somewhat suprising in my opinion

While I didnt expect the cable co's to rush to be first in line, I did expect a larger showing. I guess they are simply happy with their (very) competitive place in the market, and dont want to spend the money on wireless expansion as of now. However, with the growth and market share the cable co's are acheiving, they could always potentially purchase or partner with those who end up buying this spectrum anway.
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Quad-Play not sexy

The problem here is that they call this the Quad-Play.

A sexier name would be Four-Play, 4-Play, or Forplay.

That would get some good attention.

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Re: Quad-Play not sexy

it's a quad play once the first year's rate runs out and you realize the self-KY injecting protoscope would have been cheaper

JasonD

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Cable is playing it smart....

With google's half-baked idea of opening up the spectrum deflating any business sense, it's risky investment. Plus I have a feeling Cable knows this is truly telco turf, and that wireless requires a level of expertise far beyond delivering POTS integrated voip.
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cable doesn't do wireless

Aside from satellite, clear-wire, or limited wifi.. cable doesn't do wireless. Expect google to acquire something soon.