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Monday, 18 August 2008

Listen to Google: Its All About the White Space

Maybe you have heard about "white spaces", maybe you haven't. Anyways, these are the unused portions of the TV spectrum that could be used to expand internet access through low power personal devices. Basically, this could allow affordable, high speed wireless internet access nationwide (the nation being U.S., haven't heard too much on the Canadian side of the border). If this happens, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) must allow it. This decision will come in the next few months, in anticipation of this Google has launched a Free The Airwaves awareness/action plan. I like how Google mentions in its official blog that they have a "clear business interest" in this, at least they are being honest. If you want more information on this, such as why companies like Microsoft and Motorola are supporting the use of white spaces, check out this article at cnet.