Google's $4.6 Billion Bandwidth Bid Signals Buy-in to Mobile Applications

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Local Mobile Search Advisory
The giant company whose name is synonymous with Web search is ready to invest a minimum of $4.6 billion to acquire wireless bandwidth that is unfettered by carrier affiliation, device "lock-in" and general lack of "openness." Google is joined by a number of other service providers who would like to attain access to a national wireless network on a wholesale basis. With an auction scheduled for the first quarter of 2008, the cause of Local Mobile Search will have a decidedly national, even global, scope.

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