FCC Approves Use of White Space for Broadband Delivery


broadcasting.jpgADOTAS – The Google and Microsoft-touted plan to open up unused portions of TV airwaves to new wireless devices has been approved by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.

The five-member commission’s vote is considered to be a huge win for tech companies and public interest groups who say that white spaces could be tapped for use in under-served parts of the country. (One member of the commission, Republican Deborah Tate, dissented in part, raising concerns about signal interference).

Major TV broadcasters (ABC, NBC, CBS) oppose the plan, saying that their on-air signals could be disrupted by wireless service.


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