Auction Could Dictate Future of Wireless Devices

On Thursday, the FCC will begin auctioning off part of the wireless spectrum — space that will be vacated when TV broadcast moves to digital in 2009. These may be the last parts of the spectrum that will be available for a long time.

The auction is of great interest to existing wireless companies — like Verizon and AT&T — and to companies that want a share of the wireless business — like Google.

Which companies buy — and how much they buy — could dictate how mobile computing devices will work for years to come.

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