Google’s 700MHz plan versus the laws of physics

by admin July 26, 2007 at 6:34 pm

Conditions that Google wants the FCC to impose on eventual buyers of the 700MHz spectrum have generated much interest, but higher laws than any that might be imposed by the FCC – the laws of physics – might determine the future of its proposals.

Google’s highly publicised and controversial letter to the FCC says that ‘the only way to guarantee new broadband platforms is through open platforms.” Google discuses four types of platforms that it says “should be mandated for commercial spectrum”: open applications, open devices, open services, and open networks.

Under its open networks proposal, ISPs would be able to interconnect their own network facilities with the last-mile towers of the wireless providers. The ISPs then would purchase or lease discrete blocks of network capacity and provide a competing retail service.

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