Google has asked the FCC to open the white space [between channels 2 thru 51] to wi-fi. Google feels that this spectrum of the airwaves will be able to bring the Internet to everyone and provide affordable access to all. In their letter to the FCC Google stated:

In a letter to the Federal Communications Commission released by Google on Monday, the Internet search giant pressed the government to open up the white space for unlicensed use in hopes of enabling more widespread, affordable Internet access over the airwaves.

“As Google has pointed out previously, the vast majority of viable spectrum in this country simply goes unused, or else is grossly underutilized,” Richard Whitt, Google’s Washington telecom and media lawyer, wrote in the letter. “Unlike other natural resources, there is no benefit to allowing this spectrum to lie fallow.”

Google said the white space, located between channels 2 and 51 on TV sets that aren’t hooked up to satellite or cable services, offer a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to provide ubiquitous wireless broadband access to all Americans.”

In addition, opening up the spectrum would “enable much-needed competition to the incumbent broadband service providers,” Whitt wrote.

It was not the first time that Google has urged the FCC to open up television white space, but the Internet company’s public letter, sent Friday, was notable given Google’s involvement in the just-ended 700MHz wireless spectrum auction.

Hopefully the FCC will take the Google suggestion seriously enough to open up the white space spectrum for all. It could led to more access at a cheaper cost for us all.

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