Microsoft (MSFT) Does Not Want To Make Telecom Industry Mad

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Microsoft (MSFT) will not be a bidder for the 700-megahertz spectrum band which the FCC will auction early next year. The minimum bid will be $4.6 billion

In comments covered by Reuters, Steve Ballmer made an outstanding case for his decision: "What would it buy us to buy a piece of spectrum, one piece of spectrum in one country. It would do a lot to alienate the telecom industry."

The company is trying to market an OS for smartphones. Why gum up the works?

Douglas A. McIntyre