Google asks FCC to open 'white space'

SAN FRANCISCO — Less than a week after losing in the latest U.S. spectrum auction, Google Inc. has started pitching its plan to use TV "white space" — unlicensed and unused airwaves — to provide wireless Internet. In a letter to the Federal Communications Commission released by Google on Monday, the Internet search giant pressed the government to open up the white space for unlicensed use in hopes of enabling more widespread, affordable Internet access over the airwaves.

Google said the white space, located between channels 2 and 51 on TV sets that aren't hooked up to satellite or cable services, offer a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to provide ubiquitous wireless broadband access to all Americans."

Google was outbid by Verizon Wireless in the airwaves auction.

Google asks FCC to open 'white space' 03/24/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 9:46am]

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