Google, MS and other partner to free wireless spectrum white space

So, Google didn’t win the wireless auction. Instead, it has formed a technology coalition with Microsoft, Dell, Intel, HP and Philips Electronics to make sure the white space spectrum will be freed to allow ‘open’ wireless broadband services. Earlier, Bill Gates also urged the FCC for more or less the same reasons.

Broadcasters often fear that the utilization of this white space could cause interference with television broadcasts and wireless microphones.

Google handed the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) a proposal on Monday that promises an enhanced system to prevent wireless devices from causing serious interference.

The FCC is assessing the possibility of allowing two categories of uses for the spectrum:

  • For low-power portable devices
  • For fixed commercial services
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