Wireless Auction and Google

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Even though Google got outbid in the 700 Mhz Wireless Auction and didn’t win any licenses they are now trying to convince the FCC to allow the use of ‘white spaces’, which is essentially the spaces between other bands that some people call a great untapped resource. Some feel that white spaces should be used to provide wireless broadband to rural areas and the idea has been endorsed by Microsoft and Intel.

Rick Whitt, Google’s telecom/media counsel, advised “Android-powered handsets should begin appearing commercially later this year, and would be an excellent match for the TV white space.” In January, the FCC started lab tests of equipment that will allow ISPs to access white spaces.

Between them, Verizon Wireless and AT&T Inc. spent more than $16 billion of the $19.6 billion raised in the entire auction.