Google Proposes "White Space" Wireless Broadband Access to FCC
March 25, 2008 2:20 PM
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Google steps in to offer an alternative for "losers" of the FCC Auction 73
Last week the FCC's auction for the 700 MHz wireless spectrum ended with more than just a winner. The spectrum auction ended with bids totaling $19.592 billion.
Google's failure to win any of the spectrum surprised few analysts, at least compared to the company's ulterior motive of keeping the C-block of the 700 MHz spectrum open. Even though the company lost its bid on the C-block, the company
successfully lobbied for open access terms
, meaning its future devices will work with the spectrum even if the user must pay an access fee.
Google is now moving on to the second item on its laundry list: "white space" between over-the-air digital television channels.
There are a number of heavy-handed tech companies, appropriately called the White Spaces Coalition, working together to deregulate and open access to new spectrums for wireless communication. This includes Google, Microsoft, HP, Dell, Philips, Earthlink, Samsung and a few others who prefer to remain anonymous.
Microsoft founder Bill Gates
to Congress for open access to these spectrums, traditionally used as padding between regulated radio signal blocks.
Google has announced a working model to deregulate the white space spectrums, which it will pitch to the FCC.
The designated white space falls between channels 2-51 within the radio frequencies currently used for analog and digital over-the-air television. Since there is a good amount of unused space on this part of the spectrum, specifically between 54 MHz and 698 MHz, White Spaces Coalition members propose this could instead be allocated for high speed broadband.
Google claims it developed technologies that will help the broadband internet access industry utilize these frequencies for high-speed internet services without interfering with devices such as wireless microphones and any other devices operating within that spectrum.
Of the 1040 licenses of the 700 MHz spectrum sold in FCC Auction 73, 69% went to companies planning to create broadband and wireless alternatives to existing infrastructure.
No public member of the White Spaces Coalition won any of the Auction 73 spectrums, though members like Google were known to have bid.
Google has petitioned American companies that it will provide schematics and information for those interested in freeing of the white space frequencies.
Unfortunately for Google and its friends, such call-to-arms may fall upon deaf ears. Aside from the fact that the White Spaces Coalition consists of Auction 73 losers, a recent report alleges severe micromanagement at the FCC, which
specifically details the futility of media reform lobbies
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RE: Where does it go?
3/25/2008 9:03:24 PM
Um, there is one right here. I refuse to pay for 70 or 150 or 300 channels when all but 5 are junk. I can get the Simpsons for free, the Daily Show and Colbert Report for free on-line, and my games on-line too. The Final 4 is free over the air.
I realize a lot of channels would go under with a la carte, but who would miss them anyway? Not I, not most people. Until the cable/satellite cartel, Viacom, Universal, and the other cable channel providers let me buy a la carte, I'm sticking with free. All I need is the pipe, as one senator called it, better known as high speed internet.
RE: Where does it go?
3/25/2008 9:34:25 PM
But.. But.. But they don't want you to be able to choose what you want to watch! The whole purpose of TV is to force feed your eyeballs complete garbage and shove enormous amount of ads for products you would never need or want into your head.
How dare the public ask for ala carte! HOW DARE THEM!
You will watch the garbage we show you and you will watch it at the exact time we specify and you will also enjoy every piece of crap commercial we use to interrupt our shows with!
We will introduce laws that will make criminals out of every man woman and child who doesn't watch our ads and if you record our show on any device at all we reserve the right to arrest your entire family and confiscate all your equipment!
Isn't America great?
RE: Where does it go?
3/26/2008 3:06:40 PM
To answer your question... yes, America is great.
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