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Google backs 'white space' wi-fi

Discussion in 'Search Engine Optimisation' started by gkd_uk, Mar 25, 2008.

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    Google is pressing the US government to allow the unlicensed frequencies of TV "white space" to be used for wi-fi.
    The firm has written an open letter to regulators saying the US spectrum was a "once in a lifetime opportunity".

    White space is unused blocks of frequencies in-between channels broadcast on analogue airwaves.

    "The vast majority of viable spectrum in this country simply goes unused, or else is grossly underutilised," wrote Google's Richard Whitt in the letter.

    "Unlike other natural resources, there is no benefit to allowing this spectrum to lie fallow," he added.

    Google has said the white space could be used to bring "ubiquitous wireless broadband access to all Americans".

    In the past TV broadcasters have opposed the use of white space, fearing it would cause interference with television programming.

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