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FCC Gives Thumbs-Up to White Spaces

Nov 05, 2008, 18:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kenneth Corbin)

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"By a 5-0 vote, the commissioners approved the plan over vigorous opposition from television broadcasters, Broadway theater performers and other groups who warned that the new devices would interfere with TV transmissions and wireless microphones.

"Google, Microsoft and other major technology firms have been pushing to free the spectrum for two years, arguing that it would set in motion a new suite of high-speed Internet services. The cause also drew support from a spate of advocacy groups, which organized under the Wireless Innovation Alliance (WIA) to trumpet white spaces as a path to low-cost, ubiquitous broadband access."

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