Search engine giant Google has asked the FCC to open up unused sections of broadcast television spectrums in the US also known as “white space.”
Google sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission that contained plans for the spectrum involving the financial creation of affordable broadband offerings with faster speed and reach than Wi-Fi.
Rick Whitt, Google’s attorney, called on the FCC to adopt necessary rules that would allow devices to make use of the white space, suggesting it is a precious resource.
“The airwaves can provide huge economic and social gains if used more efficiently – as seen today with the relatively tiny slices utilized by mobile phones and Wi-Fi services,” Whitt said. “The unique qualities of the TV white space – unused spectrum, large amounts of bandwidth and excellent propagation characteristics – offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to provide ubiquitous wireless broadband access to all Americans.”
The search provider’s sudden move to free up the white space comes shortly after the search engine provider participated in an auction for 700 MHz spectrum.
The FCC appeals rejected the use of white space last year after standard tests found that devices using the spectrum either interfered with or failed to avoid TV signals.