FCC Approves Plan for White Space Broadband

FCC officials approved a plan for white space wireless broadband in a vote today. For those unfamiliar, white space broadband would take the unused parts of the television broadcast spectrum and make it available for internet data transfer. What we know so far is that the FCC will allow broadband usage of the white… » 11/04/08 5:54pm 11/04/08 5:54pm

Google Wants to Use White Spaces for Mobile Broadband

Google confirmed in a letter to the FCC today that it's moving forward on plans to use white spaces—unused slivers of TV spectrum suitable for high-speed wireless—for mobile broadband services. It's been doing its own testing of gear, and they're "willing to provide, at no cost to third parties, the technical support… » 3/24/08 12:40pm 3/24/08 12:40pm

Google Event Monday About White Spaces: Google Wi-Fi in the Works?

Google, along with Microsoft, Dell, Intel, HP and Philips are pretty hot on devices that use white spaces—unused little blocks of the TV spectrum band that are prem-o for high-speed wireless. Billy G, for instance, wants to use it to make Wi-Fi even awesomer. So Google's announcement they're holding a press conference… » 3/22/08 12:30pm 3/22/08 12:30pm

Bill Gates Says White Space Is for Free Wi-Fi; Broadcasters Want…

Referring to Microsoft's desire to use soon-to-be-opened broadcasting bandwidth for low-powered unlicensed wireless devices, Bill Gates argued that it will make for improved Wi-Fi, a term he appears to be using as simply non-regulated, subscription-free wireless. He said: » 3/14/08 12:00pm 3/14/08 12:00pm

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Verizon's In a Pissy Mood This Week; Mad at FCC and Bob Marley's Family

First, they're peeing on the FCC's auction rules for the 700mhz spectrum that Google and others want a chunk of to do potentially cool stuff with. They're suing to overturn the open-access rules that would force buyers of certain slices of the spectrum to allow any safe device to use it. For an encore, after pulling… » 9/14/07 2:30am 9/14/07 2:30am

Microsoft Google Dell Coalition "White Space" Prototypes Get Knocked By…

When Dell, Earthlink, Google, HP, Intel, Microsoft and Philips got together to create a prototype "white space" device—that is, a box capable of two-way high-bandwidth wireless communication in the frequencies now occupied by analog TV signal—you would have thought the combined muscle would ensure success. But the… » 8/09/07 10:23am 8/09/07 10:23am