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Google asks to build, oversee FCC's white spaces database

Google proposed to the Federal Communications Commission Monday that it build and oversee a white spaces database for mobile broadband services.

The Internet search giant, along with Microsoft and Dell, have backed the use of white spaces -- unlicensed spectrum -- for laptops, e-readers, smart phones and other devices to connect to wireless broadband. The unlicenses airwaves would provide an alternative to commercial licensed spectrum held by the nation's largest wireless network operators.

Google's role as an administrator of a database would deepen the company's foothold in communications services. Google's Android mobile operating system is set for greater adoption this year with the recent lauch of Motorola's Droid. The company is expected later today to announce a new phone, called Nexus One, that will be unlocked but partnered with T-Mobile.

In a blog post Monday night, Google’s telecom and media counsel, Rick Whitt, said it wants to be one of potentially several administrators of a geo-location database for devices to connect to so as to ensure they do not interfere with licensed television and wireless microphone signals.

“We continue to be big believers in the potential for this spectrum to revolutionize wireless broadband, and we think it's important for us to step forward and offer our assistance to make that vision a reality,” Whitt wrote.

By Cecilia Kang  |  January 5, 2010; 7:00 AM ET
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