Good news for Google: it looks like it won’t face a consortium of cable operators in addition to the telcos in the FCC’s auction of wireless spectrum in January. Time Warner Cable CEO Glenn Britt said the company won’t be bidding on any spectrum because he doesn’t believe there’s much demand for a “quadruple-play” (wireless, in addition to video, data and phone) among consumers. “We’re not going to be in this particular auction,” he told UBS’s Global Media Week and Communications Conference in New York.
In a statement today, Comcast said it wouldn’t participate in the auction either. It’s a reversal for both TWC and CMCSA which had participated in a past auction as part of a consortium of cable operators with Charter, Cox and Brighthouse Communications. Meanwhile, Verizon and AT&T are steaming ahead with their “quadruple play” bundles.
Separately, Britt said the company is “seeing very little consumer reaction” to the absence of the NFL Network cable channel. TWC has been in a dispute with the network over carriage fees.
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