Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Vote On White Spaces

"FCC adopted final technical rules related to white spaces – the empty airwaves between broadcast TV channels – that we believe will pave the way for "Wi-Fi on steroids." Today's order finally sets the stage for the next generation of wireless technologies to emerge, and is an important victory for Internet users across the country. […]

"FCC adopted final technical rules related to white spaces – the empty airwaves between broadcast TV channels – that we believe will pave the way for "Wi-Fi on steroids." Today's order finally sets the stage for the next generation of wireless technologies to emerge, and is an important victory for Internet users across the country. What's next on TV white spaces? We're hopeful FCC soon will name one or more administrators of the geolocation database, and establish the ground rules for its operation. Once the database is up and running, new white spaces devices and tools can begin to roll out to consumers," informs Google.

Nonetheless, this important step should be viewed as the beginning, and not the end, of crafting forward-looking spectrum policy for our country. From creating a comprehensive spectrum inventory, to investigating incentive auctions for TV broadcast spectrum, to revisiting the efficacy of spectrum sensing technologies, these're exciting times for folks to get involved in developing more efficient and effective policies to govern our nation's airwaves.

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