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---- Google Pushing FCC For Use of Underutilized Airwaves
engine - 4:53 pm on Mar 24, 2008 (gmt 0)
Google Inc. sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission presenting its plans to develop television "white space" - unlicensed and unused TV airwaves - to provide wireless Internet access to the entire U.S.
For some time Google - working with other technology companies including Intel Corp., Philips Electronics NV and Microsoft Corp. - has pressed the FCC to open up the white spaces for unlicensed use in hopes of enabling more widespread, affordable Internet access over the airwaves.
"As Google has pointed out previously, the vast majority of viable spectrum in this country simply goes unused, or else is grossly underutilized," wrote Richard Whitt, Google's Washington telecom and media lawyer in the letter. "Unlike other natural resources, there is no benefit to allowing this spectrum to lie fallow."