July 27th, 2007 | Published in Google Public Policy
The Boston Globe editorial board weighs in today on the spectrum reform debate, saying that "opening up wider access to a significant part of spectrum could jump-start wireless service in the United States -- for broadband, telephone, and who knows what else," and that "the FCC needs to adjust the auction rules so that this space becomes a competitive Internet marketplace." The Globe also writes that:
The Google plan would also be good for consumers. It would encourage the development of a national wireless system, providing competition to keep the cost down in communities now served by wired broadband and improving access in underserved areas, such as the Berkshires, that are too sparsely populated to justify private investment now.The Globe is the only newspaper to weigh in on the spectrum debate. Earlier this month, USA Today and the Los Angeles Times also said that our proposal could help stimulate competition and bring the "broadest public benefit from these valuable public airwaves."