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FCC Votes to Open TV White Spaces for Unlicensed Use

Lost in the (understandably) overwhelming media coverage about the new President of the United States, the FCC has voted to open “white spaces” between TV channels to unlicensed use. This is a big decision that will lead to more open devices and a big push for extending wireless internet access to areas where the internet was previously unavailable or limited.

NYCwireless supports this FCC decision, and we look forward to making use of white space devices to help bring more internet to all areas of New York City. You can read about it in the New York Times and Ars Technica.

After Tests, FCC Finds White Space Devices Don't Cause Interference

As a follow up to the City Council Hearing on White Space Devices, the FCC has completed their tests of devices that use spectrum white spaces, and concluded that they work well with the other existing devices using the same spectrum:

A report released yesterday by the Federal Communications Commissionconcluded that using empty airwaves to provide free wireless Internet would not cause major interference with other services, paving the way for FCC Chairman Kevin J. Martin’s proposal to sell the airwaves at a federal auction.