Google Pitched In for White Space Broadband

Google’s Larry Page, a member of the coalition technology group, lobbied in Congress on Thursday to promote the company’s proposal for next-gen unused airwaves, dubbed “white space spectrum” to be used for wireless devices. The group also includes Microsoft Corp, Dell Inc, Intel Corp, Hewlett-Packard Co and the north American unit of Philips Electronics.

The NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) is adamant in its opposition to the operation of unlicensed devices in the buffer zones. The FCC is currently testing white spaces devices and is expected to issue a decision later in 2008.

Proponents of the new class of Wi-Fi devices say the airwaves could eventually offer data transmission speeds of billions of bits per second — far faster than the millions of bits per second available on most current broadband networks. Consumers could watch movies on wireless devices and do other things that are currently difficult on slower networks.

Specifically, Page wants the winners of the 700 MHz auction to be able to auction off the white spaces between usable frequencies, reports PCWorld.

That idea could be expanded to the federal government, with agencies that sell spectrum on a temporary basis potentially raising billions of dollars, Page said during a speech at the New America Foundation, an independent think tank.

If government agencies could conduct real-time auctions on their spectrum, the unused spectrum “doesn’t stay wasted,” said Page, now Google’s president of products. “It’s unclear how much demand you’d have. I think you’ll have a lot of demand as you free up more spectrum.”

Source: eWeek

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