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Heated Debate on 700MHz Continues

4:55 PM -- Howdy Broadbanders,

There's still plenty of heated debate on Google (Nasdaq: GOOG)'s $4.6 billion play for spectrum in the upcoming 700MHz auction this week.

As of Wednesday afternoon, it appears less likely that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will accept the search giant's "open access" provisions. But that hasn't stopped both sides of the debate from vigorously putting up their side of the argument.

Google recently posted a long blog with its take on the issue, while the CTIA cellular trade org argues against the IT heavyweight on its site.

There's a lot of noise on the issue through the media and the blogosphere. At the time of writing, however, it appears that Google's gambit has not paid off. (See Google's $5B Broadband Bid.)

So, here's the best of the rest:

Macedonia MAX
Greek operator Cosmotelco is investing 500 million Euros in a WiMax network in the former Yugoslavian republic. Cosmotelco wants to cover every last man, woman, and goat in the small Balkan state.

A fresh mesh
Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT) has spruced up its WiFi mesh product line.

Cheaper than chips
The $100 WiFi-enabled laptop has arrived.

xGee-Whizz
What the hell is xG wireless technology anyway?

Later,

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

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