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Today in Mobile

The mobile industry is abuzz this morning in response to yesterday’s piece from the New York Times that the FCC is likely to approve an expansion of unlicensed airwaves that could be used to access the web from both computers and mobile gadgets. As the Washington Post noted, the looming release of “white spaces” has tech startups speculating about a boom of innovation in mobile. But the flip side of that boom, as Opus Research’s Greg Sterling wrote, is that white spaces could give carriers “a black eye” thanks to more competitive pricing and more devices that may not be sold with a separate access subscription. If the FCC truly wants to bring more competition to wireless — and there’s little doubt that it does — white spaces would be a huge step.