A Google Inc. executive said on Tuesday that the company had heard the chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission will propose the winner of a coming auction of valuable wireless airwaves be required to provide an open platform to consumers and rivals.

In a notice posted on Google's public policy blog, the company's Washington telecom and media counsel, Richard Whitt, said: We're hearing through the proverbial grapevine that open-platform requirements will be part of the auction rules that FCC Chairman Kevin Martin is expected to propose soon.

(Reporting by Peter Kaplan)als.