FCC Approves White Space Spectrum Rules, Super WiFi a Possibility

Sep 23, 2010
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Earlier in the month we reported that the FCC was still hard at work on their decision regarding white space, the unused radio spectrum from television broadcasts, and that they would put it up to a final vote on September 23rd. That day has finally arrived, and the FCC has unanimously voted to approve the movement. There are plenty of stipulations involved in the approval, all designed to help those using the spectrum use it correctly, as well as keep things from breaking down right off the bat.

The FCC, after approving the white space spectrum rules, set aside provisions that will require manufacturers to install spectrum sensing equipment into new devices utilizing the white space. They also cleared space for wireless microphones to utilize the spectrum, like the ones used in TV broadcasting. The FCC hopes that the white space will hold 12 to 16 wireless mics, but if large productions need more, they can petition the FCC to utilize more spectrum, which will add them on a short-term basis.

The approval of the white space spectrum rules is a significant movement to work towards Super WiFi, a nickname for the powerful WiFi that's supposed to be developed from the freed up spectrum. The new WiFi will feature a stronger signal, as well as deeper penetration into buildings. The new WiFi standard would also feature faster speeds. With backing from major manufacturers like Dell, Microsoft, Google, and others, it will be in due time that we start seeing new devices that feature the ability to take advantage of this new white space.

[via Ars-Technica]


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