This has been a will-they/won't-they news story in America for some time now, but the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google definitely will make a bid in the forthcoming US wireless spectrum auction.
Rumours first started back in the summer that Google was considering buying the chunk of 700MHz spectrum in order to expand its offerings into either the mobile phone market, with the Android platform since revealed. The WSJ states:
"Google is prepared to bid on its own without any partners, say people familiar with the matter. It is working out a plan to finance its bid, which could run $4.6 billion or higher, that would rely on its own cash and possibly some borrowed money."
The deadline for declaring the intention to bid is the 3rd December. Google said in a statement that the company would reveal any plans by then. "In the meantime, we are making all the necessary preparations to become an applicant to bid. Our goal is to make sure that American consumers have more choices in an open and competitive wireless world."