FCC White Spaces Proceeding

Comments are due next week in the FCC’s white spaces proceeding to open up unlicensed use of broadcast spectrum.

I’ve been too busy with other things to focus or talk much about this proceeding, but it could be incredibly important for the future of communications. If the FCC does allow for non-interfering unlicensed uses in these bands, it will make possible a range of new services beyond what we see today with WiFi. The propagation characteristics at these low frequencies allow signals to penetrate walls and carry farther than in the high-frequency spectrum where WiFi operates.

A number of major technology companies as well as public interest groups like the New America Foundation have been doing great work to carry the torch on this one. While I remain a bit skeptical that they will take the leap, I hope that the FCC will realize the potential opportunity.