WiFi Eyes the Empty Airwaves

Now Michael Calabrese, a vice-president at the New America Foundation, a liberal Washington think tank, has advanced a new plan to use some of the wireless spectrum. It qualifies as one of the most promising and innovative ideas in communications. The idea: to open up “white space”—unused frequencies between TV channels—for unlicensed use to anybody who wants to put up a transmitter.

“Unlicensed” spectrum is something we already know about. It’s the principle behind WiFi, the networking technology employed to provide the wireless Internet connections you’re probably using with your laptop: hotspots at Starbucks, in-home wireless networks, and in the citywide wireless clouds now in the planning stages in Philadelphia and San Francisco.

Read this article from Business Week



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