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FCC allocates spectrum to MBAN

The FCC has allocated 40 megahertz in the 2.3 GHz frequency band for medical devices in hospitals and at home. The move allows cutting wires out of the equation but also simplifies the vast array of medical devices currently using unlicensed or multi-use spectrum.

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FCC greenlights public White Space test

Yesterday the FCC gave the go ahead for the first public test of the White Space spectrum. Annoying referred to now as the Super Wifi, the test will be conducted by Spectrum Bridge, one of the nine plus one White Space database administrators.

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lightRadio: the future of mobile base stations

LightReading reports that the all in one micro base station from Alcatel-Lucent called lightRadio could be available as soon as the first quarter of 2012. The new device will dramatically reduce the onsite need for infrastructure and power.

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White Space: the thrill is gone

Stacey Higginbotham reported recently on the progress being made in the UK on getting the White Space up and running for use by mobile operators looking to spread out the impact of so many devices.

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OpenTag and DASH7

Its good to see DASH7 back in the news. Today Daily Wireless writes about the OpenTag project. You can download a slide show (PDF) to go along with the webinar at the DASH7 website, but OpenTag is an open source library and demo application for implementing ISO 18000-7 on embedded hardware, is now available in beta. OpenTag is written entirely in C and can be ported to 8, 16, or 32 bit platforms.

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Why the war for the White Space matters

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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White Space IEEE 802.22

The IEEE has published a standard for the White Space spectrum to utilize the former unused space between terrestrial television bands to transmit data. There is still a White Space scare after the DC crowd monkeyed with the rules around who can use the spectrum or how its allocated. I guess for now the geeks are undeterred and pushing ahead to try and make a go of it before the politicians and lobbyist carve it up for big business.

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Dark clouds for the White Space spectrum

I guess it was good while it lasted. A new draft bill moving through congress is set to gut the power of the White Space spectrum. Buried in pages of text, Public Knowledge pulls out the offender from the bill. (PDF) In addition to removing net neutrality requirements for wireless spectrum and killing any remaining media ownership limitations on broadcasters, the bill proposes to: require prospective users of unlicensed spectrum to bid in auctions going forward.

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Microsoft leads White Space consortium in UK

Microsoft and a group of companies including BBC, BT, Nokia, Samsung and BSkyB are set to begin trails this week of the White Space spectrum for mobile broadband services in the UK. In the US the White Space has been a favorite of tech companies and the ban of existence for traditional 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 offering.

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Neul launches White Space radio system

Billing itself as the first White Space radio, 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 product finally hit the market.

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