Google gets patent for wireless network auction
Those involved in the auctions will need to decide between paying a high price to access the network or waiting for off-peak times with lower prices later in the day. The mobile devices would start with a bid and raise it in incremental amounts until a pre-set maximum bid is reached or the user is awarded transmit rights. Google had made a bid for spectrum in the 700MHz range during an FCC auction back in 2007, but did not win any of the available bandwidth.
The patent application was filed in January 2009 with Carroll Philip Gossett, Hal R. Varian and Michial Allen Gunter credited as the inventors. The Patent number is 8,170,048.
source: USPTO via Electronista