"Today we open a new platform for American innovation," said FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski. The newly opened spectrum -- which is unlicensed and available for anyone to use -- is considered valuable because it can travel longer than WiFi and penetrate structures, and has been dubbed "WiFi on steroids" or "Super-WiFi."
Genachowski said the move will lead to billions of dollars in private investment. Google (GOOG), Microsoft (MSFT), Dell (DELL), Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), Motorola (MOT) and Nokia (NOK) are among the companies that have advocated opening up the spectrum
Free Press Policy Counsel M. Chris Riley said: "Today's decision was a positive -- albeit long overdue -- step forward on white spaces, and Free Press is pleased with the FCC's decision, which will allow innovators to continue to develop technology capable of using the white spaces spectrum between television channels.