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January 30, 2008

FCC testing “white space devices” for possible low-cost, ubiquitous broadband connectivity

According to the DeviceGuru:

The unoccupied radio spectrum between broadcast TV channels may soon become a source of low-cost, ubiquitous broadband connectivity. Earlier this month, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission began Phase II testing of prototype “white space devices” (WSDs), to determine whether they can operate without interfering with the wireless devices commonly used in homes, offices, and public locations.

In the current round of tests, prototype WSDs submitted by Adaptrum, Microsoft, Motorola, and Philips, will be field-tested to evaluate their performance under real world conditions. This phase of the tests is expected to last between two and three months.

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