Google CEO Eric Schmidt, who campaigned for US President Elect Barack Obama, may be in line for the tech chief spot on Obama's team.
President Barack Obama has created the position of Chief Technology Officer in his newly formed US government, but has not yet announced who will take the spot up.
However, it's telling that the position was created just before Obama made his first official visit to Google's headquarters while on the campaign trail.
Although Google as a company is officially politically neutral (and carried plenty of advertising for John McCain's Republican campaign), CEO Eric Schmidt personally endorsed Obama.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Google employees contributed $487,355 to Senator Obama's campaign but a mere $20,600 to Senator McCain's (though Schmidt has not contributed to either.)
Obama's plans for the technology industry are also closely aligned with what Google has been arguing.
For example, Obama's #1 point in his 43 page tech policy is devoted to opposing internet providers interfering in the flow of traffic through their networks. Obama supports mandated net-neutrality, where ISPs are legally prohibited from disadvantaging traffic flow to competitors' services, for example.
Google has been the largest proponent of net-neutrality, after large US telcos starting demanding supplementary payments for carrying its vast quantities of traffic to end-users.
In Australia, because all data usage is metered, the net-neutrality debate is largely irrelevant, however, having the issue locked down in the US would help to ensure traffic-fiddling doesn't spread in popularity elsewhere in the world.
Obama has also shown that he sees the internet as a huge driver of economic growth — like how railways fuelled a boom in early America.
Wireless broadband over TV airwaves approved in US
Obama's ascendency to government coincides with the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approving the use of massive tracts of analogue television spectrum to be used for wireless broadband once TV is switched to digital in the US.
This also augurs well for Australia's wireless broadband future: the valuable 700MHz analogue television spectrum will be freed up by 2013 when all analogue TV services are switched off in Australia.
Telstra Chief Technology Officer Hugh Bradlow told APC earlier this month that it is considering building a Long-Term Evolution (LTE) mobile network in the 700MHz frequency, which could have faster throughput than ADSL2+ and slightly better in-building penetration than the current Next G network.
The fact that the US is going ahead with broadband over analogue TV airwaves will also make it easier for Australian communication regulators to move ahead with the plan, after they've observed how well it works in the US.