Google Confirms Plan To Bid For Wireless Spectrum Services

Google is planning to bid for wireless spectrum in an upcoming government auction, raising the possibility the Mountain View-based company will become a wireless service provider.

The Federal Communications Commission is auctioning the 700 megahertz spectrum to increase bandwidth for mobile phone and Internet services.

Television stations will be giving up that section of the airwaves when they switch to digital transmission in February of 2009.

Google will apply to bid for the "C Block" of the spectrum.

Regulators have stipulated that the operator of that spectrum must allow its users to download any software application they want to a
mobile device.

Since Google played a leading role in lobbying the FCC to open the spectrum, its bid is not unexpected.


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