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White Spaces to Act as Wifi Steroids

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Sep 13, 2010 
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Gavin Dunaway  |

fcc_small.jpgADOTAS – The American public may scream with outrage when its revealed that athletes are using illegal performance enhancing drugs, but when the nation’s wifi is on steroids, expect nothing but cheers.

On Sept. 23 the Federal Communications Commission will vote on opening up spaces between television broadcast channels, known as white spaces, for public use in wireless networks. The agency actually voted to open the white spaces two years ago, but had to develop a framework to prevent interference with TV signals and wireless microphones. In addition, the transition to digital television broadcasting last year left room for a whole new buck of signal.

The white spaces will allow device makers to develop more powerful wifi technology featuring longer range. Such devices should start appearing in about a year, Dell’s Liam Quinn told The Huffington Post. According to Quinn, signals can traverse the white spaces as fast as cable modems — 15 to 20 megabits per second

Such powerful wifi would certainly gel with the FCC’s goal of expanding high-speed Internet to 90% of Americans by 2020.





Gavin Dunaway is Editor, U.S. at AdMonsters, a leading trade publication, event producer and service provider for the online advertising industry. Previously, he had been Senior Editor of Adotas, where he arrived after years of ping-ponging around various industry publications. This Washington, D.C. native and George Mason University graduate also enjoys playing electric guitar so loud that the walls shake.

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