The case for more Wi-Fi and unlicensed airwaves just got a lot stronger — Tech News and Analysis

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Obama and the FCC are both calling for more unlicensed spectrum to fuel the tech economy. That kind of advocacy from the administration is just what we need in a government opposed to free-to-use airwaves.

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Neul releases the first white space chip for the internet of things — Tech News and Analysis

The new radio silicon uses the new Weightless specification to tap into the unused airwaves in between TV broadcasts. Such technology could be used to create a cheap data network for the M2M communications.

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Spectrum Bridge Inc. | TV White Space Solutions | Show My White Space | TVWS Platform | Interactive Maps | Success Stories

TV white spaces (TVWS) are unused TV broadcast channels, made available through the transition from analog to digital TV. With today’s spectrum scarcity crunch, the availability of approximately 200MHz of additional spectrum is monumental especially for under-served markets.

TVWS are located in the VHF and UHF bands and have several important benefits that make them highly desirable for wireless communications including.

• Ability to cover a greater area at a relative lower cost

• Non-line-of-sight performance offers the ability to penetrate obstacles such as trees, buildings, and rugged terrain

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World’s First TV White Space WiFi Prototype Based on IEEE 802.11af Draft Standard… — TOKYO, Oct. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ —

World's First TV White Space WiFi Prototype Based on IEEE 802.11af Draft Standard... -- TOKYO, Oct. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

TOKYO, Oct. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — The National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), Japan, has developed the world’s first WiFi prototype in the TV White Space (TVWS) (470 MHz – 710 MHz) based on the IEEE 802.11af draft specification. IEEE 802.11af is currently the only task group (TG) under the IEEE 802.11 working group (WG) for WiFi technologies in the TVWS. The developed system is the first prototype that verifies the physical (PHY) and media access control (MAC) layer design of the draft specification, following the worldwide trend of prompting the TVWS for wireless communication systems.

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TV White Space Offers Spectrum Relief for Mobile Operators

“Mobile operators need more spectrum and fast,” says Heavy Reading research analyst Tim Kridel.Is TV white space a good option? A new report from Heavy Reading identifies the key technology and business issues with using white space for mobile broadband service.“TV White Space Spectrum for LTE: It’s Free, but Not Cheap” is the latest report from Heavy Reading, an independent research organization in Cambridge, Mass.According to the report, TV white space TVWS offers much-needed spectrum for mobile broadband services like LTE self-organizing networks SONs and machine-to-machine M2M.

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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”.