Google Eyes Free Spectrum

The ongoing auction of choice, 700 megahertz radio spectrum by the Federal Communications Commission is a game for high rollers, including telco giants and Google. One company will likely pay more than $4.6 billion for the rights to that realm. Through that space, the auction winner–and competitor–could eventually beam all kinds of signals, including voice, digital video, data, to your toaster.But there is a cheaper way to get data through the airwaves. Just ask Google.Google intends to be a big player in the airwaves. At the recent World Economic Conference in Davos, Chief Executive Eric Schmidt said that mobile devices with location-based advertising could spark a “huge revolution,” more interesting than the personal computer.
www.forbes.com/technology/2008/01/30/spectrum-auction-google-tech-wire-cx_ew_0130auction.html

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