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Google Wants Gov to Open Up Unlicensed Spectrum

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Jan 5, 2015, 7:34 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Google is asking U.S. regulators to make huge swaths of wireless spectrum available for unlicensed use. Specifically, Google is targeting the 3.5GHz band, which has about 150MHz of semi-open spectrum. The band is currently being used by the U.S. Navy, but Google says interference can be avoided by creating three tiers of access to the spectrum. The top tier would be for the government, the middle tier for select companies in limited geographical areas, and the rest open for all to use. Google envisions the spectrum could be utilized by startups or other small companies looking to offer wireless broadband to parks and other public areas in cities. Google's goal is to reduce the cost of internet access, which may in turn lead to more peoples selecting its online services when using their mobile devices. The FCC plans to vote on what to do with the 3.5GHz spectrum band later this year.

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