Google Proposes Spectrum Resale Model

The grandaddy of online business told the FCC this week it should allow a secondary spectrum market in the 700 MHz bands. Google said in a filing that the commission should use a "dynamic auction mechanism," allowing parties to bid on time blocks for available spectrum.

The third-party auctions would be in real time and impose a fee on whatever device was being accommodated. Google said the proposal would drive new development, allow smaller players to compete in the spectrum chase, and provide more efficient use of the spectrum. However, it was unclear whether the license holder or the third-party user would be responsible for mitigating interference with established services, should it occur.