FCC Greenlights White Space

November 5, 2008 by
Filed under: DAILY Dose of PC News 

After six years of debate, the FCC announced this morning they would open “white spaces” to the public, the unused TV spectrum waves. According to Channel Web, “It is the first step toward the use of new types of unlicensed devices in the unused spectrum to provide¬†broadband¬†data and other services for consumers and businesses.”

The debate had a lot of opposition stating this public access would interfere with TV broadcasts and wireless microphones. Even Dolly Parton was a huge proponent of this ruling stating her concerts would be damaged due to she using a wireless microphone when she sings.

Microsoft and Google were proponents of the ruling claiming a huge victory in light of the FCC’s ruling. Google’s CEO claims this white space will be called “WiFi on steroids” allowing broadband to be spread using fewer base stations which results in superior coverage at lower cost.

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