GOOGLE IS ANGLING for some sort of action in wireless spectrum allocation, according to a report on The Wall Street Journal, and would like some say over how the most unused space is shared out.
The WSJ reports that Google, with backing from others, wants to challenge more established telecoms companies like AT&T and has already made filings at the Federal Communications Commission about its intentions.
One filing finds Google explaining how the changes that it wants to see will be good for business, infrastructure and consumers.
"We are helping to make internet bandwidth more abundant," Google said. "The broadband ecosystem will be well-served by a policy environment that removes barriers to investment, discourages monetisation of scarcity, and empowers consumers."
The plan, as we understand it, is to take charge of some unused elements of the spectrum and make them available. These could be used by rivals of incumbent services and offered on looser, cheaper terms.
Google and its supporters are aiming for a chunk of around 150MHz of the 3.5GHz spectrum.
The WSJ says that, while this part of the network is unlikely to provide wide reaching connections, it would be offered to local outfits that want to provide a network across a small area such as a public park.
We have, of course, asked Google if it wants to say anything about its plans, or if it has any comment on their progress, if any. It declined to comment.
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