Google Founder Lobbies FCC to Free Spectrum

Priya Ganapati writes:

"The battle for the use of white spaces, the unused portions of the television broadcast spectrum, is heating up.

Google co-founder Larry Page attended a Capitol Hill hearing today and called upon the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to "free" the white spaces spectrum so it can be used as an affordable, nationwide, high-speed broadband connectivity network. Page's message: Five years of testing and discussion on the issue is enough.

Page's personal appearance brings star power to the dispute that pits companies such as Google, Microsoft and Motorola against wireless audio equipment manufacturers and live events producers. The latter oppose the move to open up the spectrum, on the grounds that doing so would cause interference with equipment such as wireless microphones."

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