For the past few years, Google has led the fight for what is called Super Wi-Fi. Super Wi-Fi would use the ‘white spaces’ which is unused broadcast spectrum to utilize high-speed wi-fi. But before you get excited there are still some issues that need to be addressed, including the TV broadcasting stations who believe this Super Wi-Fi could interfere with TV broadcasts. There are currently nine companies who have bid on the spectrum, which includes Google and eight others. The others are:
Comsearch, Frequency Finder, KB Enterprises and LS Telcom (jointly), Key Bridge Global, Neustar, Spectrum Bridge, Telcordia Technologies, and WSdb.
But the FCC may have to rethink their own ‘white spaces’ initiative because of a lawsuit filed by the Association for Maximum Service Television and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). These two groups state that this is unexplored territory and no one knows for sure if using the ‘white spaces’ can or will interfere with broadcast television now or in the future.
After reading this I wondered why the FCC could not have these 9 companies test the ‘white spaces’ spectrum and see what happens. If interferences is a result that would answer everyone’s question. In a day and age where we have technological challenges why isn’t this being done? It seems like a simple answer to me.
There was a comment at the bottom of the article that brings up an important point:
I guess I am becoming a Luddite after 60 years of technology. Do we REALLY need still more wireless?
We have lost the ability to think and act for ourselves, we rely on our tech toys. Well, what happens if they break?
I would still rather talk face to face with another person, even a stranger. This was the world I grew up in, it really was better.
If we have the devices imbedded in our brains, maybe we can give up thinking.