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White Space Hype Machine Fires Up
Microsoft highlights potential with campus network
by Karl Bode 08:50AM Tuesday Sep 14 2010
With the FCC preparing to vote on new white space broadband spectrum rules on September 23, the agency is ramping up PR efforts lauding the technology's potential. Critics however say the FCC is looking for some easy political points after contentious Title 2 and neutrality debates, but is finally taking action too late. New America Foundation's Sascha Meinrath goes so far as to say the FCC's sudden white space lust (after two years of stalling) is "an act of desperation":
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“It’s an act of desperation caused by the downright anger at the FCC for not implementing the agenda they promised," said Sascha Meinrath, research director of the New America Foundation’s wireless future program, which has been pushing to unleash the white spaces. "I think it’s premature to think this is a big win if there are so many compromises right out of the gate."
The companies eager to get the service (and in turn a new way to sell hardware and ads) up and running are ramping up the hype as well -- Microsoft touting their new campus-wide white space network (Register, Information Week) as proof the service works well. Of course that remains to be seen, and the FCC's final rules will dictate how exactly the technology will address its potential for interference, especially in urban areas.

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DavePR

join:2008-06-04
Canyon Country, CA

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The FCC is contradicting themselves

The FCC just said they're going to take what's left of broadcast TV away to give to the Phone Company, pretty much negating this whole "white space" deal. They have frozen new TV station apps. If they Balkanize broadcast TV by mixing WCS into it, where in the world will theWhite Space Devices work?

This alleged imminent deployment is bogus. They haven't even started organizing the real-time database that the units have to consult before they transmit. Disinterested 3rd party Google has volunteered to maintain the database. And we all know Google will do everything it can to protect the signals of free over-the-air TV stations.

Vote for gridlock.

FFH
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Tavistock NJ
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Re: The FCC is contradicting themselves

Yes, this expected FCC approval has enough limitations that widespread use will be minimized. There will be some high profile examples(like the Microsoft campus) to give it some good press. But out in the wider world, who will spend money to implement solutions using this unlicensed spectrum? Very few I expect.

88615298
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said by DavePR:

The FCC just said they're going to take what's left of broadcast TV away to give to the Phone Company, pretty much negating this whole "white space" deal.
Exactly. If the FCC takes away channels 31-51 to give to Verizon and at&t what white spaces will be left? It's going to be hard enough to find enough frequencies for all the TV channels let alone white spaces.

fifty nine

join:2002-09-25
Sussex, NJ
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said by DavePR:

And we all know Google will do everything it can to protect the signals of free over-the-air TV stations.

Vote for gridlock.
I can't tell if you're being sarcastic or not, but with YouTube now offering live streams and the launch of Google TV imminent, I can't help but think that Google must be secretly wishing for free TV to go away completely.

DavePR

join:2008-06-04
Canyon Country, CA

Re: The FCC is contradicting themselves

Yes. The fox is volunteering to guard the hen house.
tjb122982

join:2009-09-22
Terre Haute, IN

How does this help me?

I may be being a little dense here but how does help me, as a consumer? I know this is beneficial for wireless internet but could it mean new ways of getting TV without cable or satellite?

DavePR

join:2008-06-04
Canyon Country, CA

Re: How does this help me?

Should not affect satellite at all (although DiSH has something planned in the 700 MHz band). If you get TV with an antenna, it may make it go away. If you stream via the internet, this may help.

But I'll bet you it never sees street level deployment save for fixed antennas on farm houses.