Monday, July 23, 2007

Google, the next wireless carrier?

Shaun Nichols ( reports Google has thrown its weight behind the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC's) plans to turn the vacated 700MHz radio spectrum into an open wireless network.

The proposal would force the owner of the spectrum bands to allow access to any device, meaning that users would not be locked into subscribing to a carrier in order to use a mobile device, such as a smartphone.

Google is pledging to bid at least $4.6bn for the spectrum, should the FCC adopt the plan.

Looks like the race is about to get interesting in the world of wireless carriers.

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