May 3, 2007
Could Google Buy Wireless Broadband Spectrum?
Here are two more interesting articles that dovetail nicely. The first, in Business Week, talks about influence of Google's lobbying efforts to shape FCC policy regarding the upcoming sale of wireless spectrum due to the shift in analog to digital television broadcasts. The article suggests that Google may bid on wireless spectrum to have an avenue that goes directly to subscribers. This would be a hedge against the larger network operators salivating at charging Google and other content providers for network traffic.
The second article is in InfoWorld covering the speech of FCC chairman Kevin Martin in Mountain View, California, today. Martin said that rolling out wireless broadband is one of the Commission's highest priority. He sees it as a third major method of Internet access that increases competition with existing cable and telco options. He also noted that the Commission has strict build-out rules that prevent an entity from acquiring spectrum and not using it. The complete set of service rules governing the auctioned spectrum were issued on April 27th.
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