Google, Microsoft Want White Spaces Set Free

October 28, 2008

Microsoft and Google can apparently agree on one thing, and that is that the FCC should open up the white spaces.........Washington (ChattahBox) – Microsoft and Google can apparently agree on one thing, and that is that the FCC should open up the white spaces.

White spaces are those areas existing between the licensed spectrum, and could be used for free public broadband access, or other things.

The FCC is set to conduct a vote soon, November 4th, on what they should actually do with the white spaces.

This comes though as the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) continues to push the FCC to delay the vote.

The FCC put out a report recently which revealed that the use of white spaces would have virtually no impact on the current spectrum bands.

Microsoft and Google clearly want the white spaces spectrum though to be used for Wi-Fi.

This would basically allow for free public access to the service through these bands.

The white spaces will become available when TV stations switch from analog to digital in 2009.


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