I was looking through the business insider site and found this interesting article on supposedly a new wireless network called ‘White Space”. What is “White Space” you ask?
Julie Bort the writer for the Business Insider states that “White spaces” has been called “WiFi on steroids”. She further states that “White Spaces’ has been championed by the likes of Google and Microsoft.
I love new technology especially if they make the internet faster. LOL I like how since the inception of the internet our expectations have gotten increasingly more demanding. The funny thing is that the IT industry is always working on meeting those expectations.
Anyhow hear is what Julie Bort wrote in her article on ‘White Spaces” as well as the link to the business insider page:
A new form of wireless network known as White Spaces will come online next month, the FCC announced today.
Spectrum Bridge has been given the OK to become the first active White Spaces database administrator. The FCC says it can begin operations on January 26. The first approved device will be made by Koos Technical Services, and it will work much like a wireless router.
The downside is it will only be available in Wilmington, NC. The FCC is working on expanding approvals nationwide as fast as its little government fingers let it, although it didn’t say when that might be.
White spaces brings with it tons of potential for new devices and applications. It is faster than WiFi so it can handle more data. It can bring (nearly) free Internet access to the most remote areas of the country, places that can’t get WiFi.
It can aid in education. It can improve medicine. It can even make your favorite team win on Sundays (well, maybe not).
Because it uses broadcast television signals, any place that can pick up a broadcast TV signal should be able to tap into White Spaces. A large range of wireless frequencies have always been reserved for broadcast television, much of it unused. Researchers at Microsoft, Google, Dell and other companies, like Spectrum Bridge, developed methods to let data devices like PCs use those blank frequencies.
But when they first showcased their research, broadcasters weren’t happy. They argued that TV Band Devices (TVBDs) would interfere with television signals. Years of bickering ensued between the broadcast companies, device makers like Microsoft and Google and the FCC. Many iterations of devices were built and tested. The data folks officially won in late 2010 when the FCC said it would allow TVBDs.
But there was a catch.
Before millions of devices could be sold and put into use, TVBDs needed a way to make sure they wouldn’t knock out any TV stations. The FCC decided a complex database was the solution. This would keep track of TVBDs and assign them safe frequencies.
Such a database would in turn need “database administrators.” Earlier this year, the FCC selected nine companies to do the job — all that applied — including Google and Spectrum Bridge. They would be allowed to charge a small fee for their efforts.
After Google was accepted, Microsoft applied. And the FCC said, sure, why not? It let Microsoft be a database administrator, too.
But the real money will be in devices and applications for those devices, perhaps billions of dollars worth.
In a written statement, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said, “Unleashing white spaces spectrum has the potential to exceed even the many billions of dollars in economic benefit from Wi-Fi, the last significant release of unlicensed spectrum, and drive private investment and job creation.”
One database and one device in one city does not a billion make. But it has to start somewhere.
Julie Bort writer
What do you think about this new technology?