FCC approve to use white space

November 5th, 2008 - 1:02 pm ICT by Bupha Ravirot  

Voted 5-0 on Tuesday, FCC agree to introduced “white spaces” to the public.

This is the big step for public interest groups and technology companies including Google, HP and Microsoft opening up the spectrum would improve internet access for Americans, especially in rural areas. In a meeting on Tuesday , 5-0 votes by the FCC is being seen as a major victory.

This proposal created a conflict between new media against the old ones, range from TV networks to Broadway production, claim this might cause interruption of their over-the-air signals. But Google and Microsoft say it would open more wireless technologies to consumers.

Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates and Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page have said that use of the valuable radio waves which can penetrate buildings and could unleash a wave of innovation in wireless technology. The high-tech firms liken the spectrum to WiFi on steroids and say that the industry will benefit as more people use the spectrum to surf the Web and as they buy smartphones, digital music and video players, laptops and other devices that connect to the networks.

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