Google Wants to Use White Spaces for Mobile BroadbandS

Google confirmed in a letter to the FCC today that it's moving forward on plans to use white spaces—unused slivers of TV spectrum suitable for high-speed wireless—for mobile broadband services. It's been doing its own testing of gear, and they're "willing to provide, at no cost to third parties, the technical support necessary to make these plans happen."

Brilliant: Let Verizon pay beaucoup bucks for the 700MHz band that Google has free reign on thanks to open access, all while developing its own wireless broadband stuff to get in on this "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to provide ubiquitous wireless broadband access to all Americans" that has the speed potential of gigabits per second. With airwaves it hasn't paid a dime for. Update: Silicon Alley Insider has some excellent in-depth coverage of the conference call. [WSJ, Image via Flickr]