Google Pitches White Spaces

Posted by Sam Churchill on

Google co-founder Larry Page was in Washington Thursday (May 22) to promote the company’s “white space” proposal for soon-to-be-vacant television airwaves.

Page will meet with lawmakers in Congress and officials at the FCC hoping to convince them to allow the “white space” between television channels to be accessed by low-power wireless devices.

“I think it will make a huge difference to everybody,” Page said during a morning appearance at the New American Foundation think tank (right).

“I think the debate’s really been politicized,” Page said.

The Wireless Innovation Alliance — which counts Google and Microsoft as members — have been sparring again with the Association for Maximum Service Television (MSTV) to allow unlicensed use of spectrum in the unused channels of the 700 Mhz UHF television band.

Page said the NAB was simply pushing its own agenda, which was to keep the spectrum for its own use.

Earlier this month, Google agreed to invest in the WiMax venture of Sprint, Clearwire, and cable operators which will offer nationwide service at 2.5 GHz. Google’s open platform concept also won favor with the dominant owners of 700 MHz spectrum, AT&T and Verizon Wireless.

Related Dailywireless stories include; White Spaces: Now It’s GE, CTIA: Unlicensed White Spaces Bad, 700 MHz Resurrected in White Space, Gates: White Space a Competitive Advantage, Municipal WiFi: What Would You Do?, White Space War Continues, White Spaces Prototype: Dead Again, Sprint and T-Mobile Support “White Space” Use, White Space Gets Hot and NAB: Unlicensed Devices Threaten America

Posted by Sam Churchill on Thursday, May 22nd, 2008 at 2:13 pm .

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