FAIL Awesome several the already challenging local stations to get in via OTA will now be impossible if someone decides to use the same frequencies for white space because they aren't on the list. But hey that means more customers for cable/satellite. I guess the fewer people you can show using OTA the easier it will be to finally kill it off for good so you can sell the spectrum.
Re: My zip code has only 1 of 50 channels available
Yes, most well populated areas will likely have minimal channels available, but take the cornfield that I grew up in and life could get interesting.
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We have several spots in my area. The only iffy spots are near Kalispell.
This would benefit rural areas, especially tiny towns where I grew up in.
I smell biz opportunity here ... that's potentially dead on arrival with incumbents forbidding municipalities from starting their own ISPs.
But it would be interesting to run a couple T1's in these rural areas and terminate them with wifi antennas. Sounds a lot cheaper than reselling copper.
How much bandwidth can one single 5 MHz channel provide in any given area? Doesn't sound like a lot.
How is this used in a mobil device? So, if I get on a plane and then get of it in some location - how does it know what space to use? Does the mobile device need the entire database in its memory? If not, is there a safe choice it can use to access the database? It will be interesting to see how this plays out.
White Spaces I don't really see the business opportunities in White Space Broadband. Perhaps if you are trying to provide 1.5Mbps to customers, but real broadband... I just don't see it. Tiny channels providing service over a larger area than existing networks with expensive rural backhaul just sounds like trouble.
Re: White Spaces Tiny channels? Some areas have a lot of unused "tiny" channels that can amount to quite a bit of unused bandwidth. If this works as advertised, it could be an efficient use of spectrum that can potentially benefit rural areas. Regardless of what the naysayers believe, wireless is the future for the more rural areas and this could be one mechanism to deploy access to those cost prohibitive environments.
Re: White Spaces That 16Mbps gets split up between a lot of customers. That doesn't leave much per subscriber. It will have to be heavily capped unless companies want a few subscribers trashing the whole network.
Exede can already deliver 16Mbps per subscriber. Other than latency and slightly higher caps, White Spaces isn't promising to do much more than Exede.
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Re: White Spaces Satellite? Don't make me laugh. Have you used satellite?
..and that's ONE channel. 16Mbps on ONE channel. Actually, according to a few sources, they say it can be up to 22Mbps.
Satellite.. Where the caps are incredibly low and the latency sucks. Not to mention the install fees and contracts. "Slightly higher caps" my ass.
EDIT: Oh ya, that's if you could get Exede. Looks like we don't have a single installer in the entire state. WTF? Also, we're not even covered (along with most of the western half of the U.S.).
Bresnan 30M/5M | CenturyLink 5M/896K
MyWS[PnmIIX3@3.2G,8G RAM,500G+1.5T+2T HDDs,Win7]
WifeWS[A64@2G,2G RAM,120G HDD,Win7]
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Re: White Spaces I have used satellite and yes it is awful. And I would be truly shocked if White Spaces delivered faster speeds or much higher caps. It will have lower latency, but that doesn't really matter when the caps suck. In no way do I see white spaces as being the rural internet savior the media is trying to make it out to be.
Exede 5 runs at speeds much higher than 5Mbps most of the time.
idea Have a city do their own rurally, and let the telco take them to court to fight it. When in court, offer the defense that incumbents have no interest in providing adequate service for fair prices and are only trying to monopolize, and not so much as prevent competition as they are preventing options for consumer choice as far as pricing goes.
El Paso, TX
Wake me when it's over... By the time this gets off the ground i suspect we'll have far better solutions with the regular "garbage" frequencies.