Google is reported to be making a serious attempt to buy wireless radio spectrum in the US. Google is planning to finance a bid in auctions scheduled for January and is said to be considering making a play without partners.
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Google had previously suggested it might bid over £2.09bn for use of the wireless spectrum.
Analysts say Google could be bidding to evolve its postion as an ISP. Alternatively, the company could be purchasing spectrum to maintain competitive access to its online services, as the auctions could lead to a "two-tier" internet, with charges attached to premium services.
The company will not declare its intentions ahead of the December registration deadline set by the Federal Communications Commission.