Coalition warns against sale of ‘white spaces’ spectrum


Source: Hill, The
Author: Brendan Sasso
Coverage Type: reporting
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Capitol Building, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC, 20002, United States

A coalition of consumer groups and technology companies is urging members of the congressional supercommittee to preserve unlicensed television spectrum, otherwise known as "white spaces."

The letter notes that a variety of technologies use unlicensed spectrum, including garage door openers, remote controls, Bluetooth devices and baby monitors. "Unlicensed spectrum has been, and continues to be, a powerful catalyst for innovation and job creation," wrote the coalition, which includes Google, Microsoft and Public Knowledge. "Super Wi-Fi," the next generation of long-distance wireless Internet access, would rely on unlicensed television spectrum. Its Internet signals would be able to travel for miles and through brick walls. The groups argued that Super Wi-Fi would give the United States a technological edge over other countries. "If unlicensed spectrum in the TV band is eliminated, the United States will not for the foreseeable future be able to recover the economic opportunity and will likely fall behind the rest of the world," the groups warned.

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