Wireless

by Mike Masnick


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fcc, kevin martin, spectrum, white space



Kevin Martin In Favor Of Freeing Up White Space TV Spectrum

from the good-news dept

While there's been a ton of propaganda from TV broadcasters (and, oddly, wireless microphone vendors) concerning requests from tech companies to make use of the so-called "white space" spectrum that surrounds the spectrum the TV broadcasters use, it appears that FCC boss Kevin Martin is now prepared to support freeing the spectrum for other uses. This isn't all that surprising, given that the FCC has been pushing to free up such spectrum for years, but it is very good news. While there were some early test device failures, the problems were with the devices themselves, not in creating any interference, as the critics claim. This totally unused spectrum could open up all sorts of interesting new wireless technologies that could be tremendously useful in many different ways.

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    Don, 20 Oct 2008 @ 10:58am

    Radio Spectrum

    This is just the tip of the iceberg. Personally, I think that any spectrum that is not now devoted to general purpose internet protocol is wasted. I guess I'm a radical who thinks that the "broadcast" paradigm is inherently broken. Any spectrum which is not a two way street is just broken. Now we'll see a protracted battle between the old media and the new. We need to free all spectrum and do the 21st century equivalent of the Eisenhower interstate highway program. The government doesn't need to pay for it. The government just needs to get out of the way.

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