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One of the biggest challenges that major technology firms have committed to solving is extending broadband Internet service into remote areas. Facebook and Google are both actively involved in connecting the world, and now Microsoft is joining the fray with a unique solution. What Microsoft wants to do is utilize the unused channels between television broadcasts—these are known as white spaces—to bring online broadband connectivity to rural spots in America. Microsoft's effort is part of a $10 billion program to close the broadband gap. Fittingly enough, the Redmond outfit announced its massive investment at an event at the Willard Hotel in Washington, the same place Alexander Graham Bell demonstrated... Read more...
Wide open spaces? How about white spaces? These mysterious creatures hanging in the air, dealing with the digital TV transition and looking to free up spectrum, are now making their big splash in Wilmington, North Carolina. The FCC's Office of Engineering and Technology has just issued a public notice to start operation of the spectrum bridge's TV White Spaces database system, and they also authorized the first TV white spaces device. That device will be able to provide service to devices beginning January 26, 2012. OET has also approved a device by Koos Technical Services, Inc. (KTS) as the first product allowed to operate on an unlicensed basis on unused frequencies in the TV bands. The KTS... Read more...
All those blank spots in the broadband spectrum where no signals are being broadcast are known as white spaces. They're all over the place and all kinds of providers want to take advantage of them.So seven major tech companies — Comsearch, Dell, Google, HP, Microsoft, Motorola and NeuStar — have joined together to basically catalog all these white spots. The Federal Communications Commission in November said unlicensed devices could use those white spaces; this database will be a mandatory checkpoint for those devices to ensure they don't interfere with TV signals.The administration of the database will be "open and non-exclusive," meaning they're not going to be the only ones that can access... Read more...