Whitespaces for everyone!

I am on a tight deadline today so its a rip and run post, but yea, the FCC approves the White Space spectrum.

From Gigaom:

“This is the first distribution of unlicensed spectrum in 25 years, and follows the release of former “junk” spectrum that eventually was used for Wi-Fi, garage door openers and cordless phones. The new spectrum is even more prized because its lower frequency can reach farther, pass through walls more easily and cover areas more efficiently with faster potential speeds. Companies like Google(s goog),  Microsoft, Dell and HP have pushed for the use of white spaces in hopes it can lead to new applications and devices that extend wireless connectivity. The technology can also be used for smart meter monitoring, connecting rural communities, increased backhaul, in-home networking and expanded hot spots.”

From Techcrunch:

“This is exciting for a few reasons, but the biggest is that it gives technology companies a way to innovate outside of the realm of wireless carriers or broadband providers — all of which use their quasi-monopolistic control over their industries to inhibit innovation in order to make money. In the Reuters piece about the white space vote, they note that not only is Google interested in using the space, but Microsoft, HP, Motorola, and even Sprint are as well.”

From ReadWriteWeb:

Keerti Melkote

Keerti Melkote: Founder and CTO, Aruba Networks

Keerti Melkote, founder and CTO of Aruba Networks, says that the open nature of the white space spectrum will drive innovation.

“Making ‘whites spaces’ available as unlicensed spectrum will drive a great deal of innovation in the wireless space. The multi-billion dollar Wi-Fi industry has grown rapidly precisely because the spectrum it operates in is free and unfettered,” said Melkote. “TV whitespace as unlicensed spectrum promises to change the game in network access in ways that benefit consumers and ultimately bolster global competitiveness of US companies in the wireless industry.”

About Daniel Davenport

Daniel is a digital media executive with internet and broadcast experience. Daniel is currently the executive strategy director at THINK Interactive.

5 Responses to “Whitespaces for everyone!”

  1. More bandwidth + less monopolistic control = good news indeed!


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    […] The White Space debate has been going on for quite some time (2/23/06) and is a struggle between the local TV broadcasters and new information companies (3/13/06) to better utilize resources that have become available through the shift from analog to digital terrestrial TV signals. Back in the days of analog TV, much like analog radio, stations were assign a signal frequency that was a set distance away from the nearest stations on either side so that the signals would not bleed over and interfere with each others transmission. When the transition to digital TV was made, it became to hard for the broadcasters to keep the White Space movement down(9/13/10), eventually. (9/23/10) […]

  2. Nuel launches White Space radio system | thinkd2c - June 13, 2011

    […] Nuel announces the launch of the NuelNET white space radio system. Its been a while since the FCC ok’ed the spectrum for unlicensed use and appointed the nine White Space database administrators so its nice to see a […]

  3. Microsfot leads White Space consortium in UK | thinkd2c - June 28, 2011

    […] cellular and local broadcast providers.  The FCC cleared the White Space for use back in the Fall of 2010 but its been slow going getting to a consumer ready […]

  4. Why the war for the White Space matters | thinkd2c - August 15, 2011

    […] I have been following the White Space debate for a long time (2/23/06), in large part due to the reporting of Sam Churchill at Daily Wireless.  Recently the gains made in releasing the White Space for unlicensed use came under fire from industry pressure. Through legislative maneuvering, the telcos are attempting to put barriers up so that the spectrum can’t be used for its intended purpose. […]

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