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Google getting in the game for a US wireless licenses

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Google is among more than 260 companies vying for wireless licenses to be auctioned in January, which could allow the search giant to extend its reach to the mobile Internet.

Google has an advantage over many of its rival bidders, as it has amassed a war chest of several billion dollars to bid for the cherished telecom licenses.

The Federal Communications Commission said Tuesday it had received 266 bid applications for the licenses ahead of the January 24 auction. The licenses have become freed up for auction as analogue television broadcasters have to switch to a digital format by a 2009 deadline.

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