White spaces and happy faces: TV stations drop lawsuit against “super WiFi”

The National Association of Broadcasters has withdrawn its legal objection to the FCC’s “white spaces” proposal, removing a key source of uncertainty about the technology’s future.

White space devices can use prime spectrum in the television band that is not currently being used by TV stations, spectrum that varies by local market, and they can do so without a license. (Think “WiFi on steroids.”) Until now, broadcasters have been “relentlessly hostile” to the proposal, pointing to the risk of interference with adjacent television broadcasts. And the NAB, which represents the broadcasters, has a lot of clout inside the beltway, so its objections carried a lot of weight.

via White spaces and happy faces: TV stations drop lawsuit against “super WiFi”.

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