Google urging FCC to open up white spaces
In the letter, Google suggested ways that the white spaces could provide high-speed wireless access to consumers without affecting TVs or wireless microphones.
Google is a huge advocate of open access and a member of the Open Handset Alliance. The alliance’s goal is to foster innovation on mobile devices and give consumers a better user experience through open standards.
In July, Google announced its intention to participate in the auction of spectrum in the 700 MHz band if the FCC adopted a framework requiring greater competition and consumer choice. Google urged the Commission to adopt four open platforms as part of the license conditions: open applications, devices, services and networks. The FCC decided to support two: open applications and devices.
And at the close of the auction last week, Google scored a victory when Verizon spent $4.7 billion on spectrum, which will be available for any legal device. Bids had to be more than $4.6 billion to trigger the open-access rules.
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