FCC About To Start Powerful Wi-Fi Giveaway

When the US made the switch from analogue TV last year, the thinner digital channels left spare space in the spectrum. The <emNew York Times says the US Federal Communications Commission will let that space be used for a powerful new generation of Wi-Fi.

The New York Times claims the decision will be made at a September 23 meeting of federal regulators, who will decide to make what's called the "white space" portions of the wireless spectrum open to anyone who wants to use it. This could mean things like a single wireless network that covers your entire university campus or broadband internet boosted into isolated rural areas.

But what else does it mean? Nobody is entirely sure and that's why this news is so exciting. "This will... be a platform for innovators and entrepreneurs," explained Julius Genachowsk to the Times. In the meantime, the issue of interference remains unresolved - as the spectrum space will be open to anyone who wants to use it, rather than auctioning it off to a company that would have sole access. But in response to such concerns, the FCC says "we are confident that the benefits of moving forward are so significant that we should act now". [NYT]

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