Google says will not par­tic­i­pate in 2016 US air­waves auc­tion

The Pak Banker - - COMPANIES/BOSS -

Al­pha­bet Inc's Google will not par­tic­i­pate in the U.S. Fed­eral Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion's up­com­ing auc­tion of broad­cast air­waves that can help the wire­less in­dus­try im­prove cov­er­age, a spokes­woman told Reuters on Fri­day.

Some in­dus­try watch­ers had ex­pected In­ter­net search gi­ant Google to be a dark horse par­tic­i­pant in the auc­tion. In April last year, the com­pany launched a new U.S. wire­less ser­vice that switches be­tween Wi- Fi and cel­lu­lar net­works hosted through Sprint Corp and T-Mo­bile US Inc's net­works.

Google last par­tic­i­pated in a 2008 FCC auc­tion but did not buy any air­waves. "Like all those in­ter­ested in im­proved con­nec­tiv­ity and eq­ui­table ac­cess, we'll be fol­low­ing the up­com­ing spec­trum auc­tion closely. That said, we have not filed to par­tic­i­pate," the Google spokes­woman said.

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