September 24, 2010 Leave a comment
The FCC voted unanimously to allow the use of unutilized broadcast spectrum TV white spaces to open up the way for “super Wi-Fi” wireless broadband networks, but set aside two channels nationwide for wireless microphones.
The spectrum in question was freed up through the nation’s transition from analog to digital television broadcasting in June 2009.
The agency also directed the Office of Engineering and Technology to develop a database that will include information on wireless microphone venues. The agency has given experimental licenses to several cities and seen how the spectrum could be used for telemedicine, connecting larger school campuses, machine-to-machine communications and smart cities applications, said FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski. However, beyond super Wi-Fi, the most innovative services could be on the horizon, he noted. Read more of this post