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Google Campaigns For White Spaces

Google announced today that it is seeking to develop grass roots support for its "white spaces" campaign at the FCC, its lobbying effort to convert some radio airwaves in order to provide wireless broadband access.

The "Free the Airwaves" campaign invites consumers to sign a petition, create their own video testimonials on the subject for posting to YouTube, and to contact their Congressional representatives.

The consumer-oriented lobbying campaign may mark the first such effort by Google, a company that over the last year has expanded its presence in Washington, company officials said.

Officials said that by creating easier broadband access, more people will use the Internet and, in turn, Google. That helps company profits. But company officials said said the white spaces campaign also serves the interest of consumers.

"We're optimistic the 'Free the Airwaves' will inspire consumer interest," said Minnie Ingersoll, product manager for Google's Alternative Access Team.

By Peter Whoriskey  |  August 18, 2008; 1:27 PM ET  | Category:  Peter Whoriskey
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Support from the thousand of bloggers that, without warning, lost their Google PR as a result of falling out of favor due to PayPerPost affiliation? Are those the folks being sought for this grassroots campaign? If so they may be hard pressed for sympathy - at least from the bloggers.

I support the idea of the white space use, especially with Android devices fixin to pounce onto the scene. One question though, will rural part of the U.S. see much accessibility gained with this? In an already 'net limited area how will our support translate into more 'net choice?

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Posted by: Robert MacEwan | August 18, 2008 2:26 PM

Free internet?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EngFjYc50Jw

Posted by: Frustockl | August 18, 2008 2:38 PM

google = evil

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