FCC Super WifiThe Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted to open up the unlicensed radio spectrum known as "white spaces" for public use. The move drew praise from public interest groups and technology companies eager to experiment with the newly free spectrum.

"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

Microsoft, for example, has already set up two towers using the spectrum that it says cover its entire 500-acre Redmond, Wash., campus. (Thousands of WiFi routers would be needed to cover the same area.) "Opening this beachfront spectrum for unlicensed use by any individual, entrepreneur or Internet service provider will unleash innovation and promote pervasive connectivity, particularly in underserved communities," said Michael Calabrese, senior research fellow, Open Technology Initiative and an original proponent of reallocating TV white space.

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.

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delton RIP.

As always we will have pros,& Con's with respect to this new tech, that is well overdue. of-course some hackers will dig t,way into this new wanted extra output signal. But I say bring it on! it's been a long over due Wi-Fi. Respectfully Submitted,

September 24 2010 at 5:36 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
abenzrite

Are they talking "Free WiFi" here? or are they just opening up a layer of space previously not for sale, or something? Free WiFi? or just allowing more to profit from WiFi?

September 24 2010 at 12:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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alexanderpenn

Free press What free press. I am convinced the multi corporations are running our free press. That way the globalist do not have to discuss why Americans can not compete with 20 cents an hour. The media is run by corporations which mean they hate the American worker with a passion. I find it amazing that cutting public worker pensions is on the news more than sending the manufacturing base overseas, Off shoring millions of high paying jobs, the visa programs that are not needed, and the flood of illegal immigrants driving down wages in their professions. The special interest groups and the technology companies will assure the public hears what they want. In fact arnt are technology companies run from China? The next election should be interesting with corporations being considered people and American corporations being run by foreign countries. This super Wifi can it be used to point at people and make them go crazy on the cellier level?

September 23 2010 at 10:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
falco64125

My god, how did this article of all things become yet another haven for racist, ignorant, hateful retards to comment on? Stick to the ground zero mosque with your nonsense. That way we the more sensible can better avoid this garbage.

September 23 2010 at 8:50 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Iselin007

This governmentover 3 decades has mismanaged our job market because of their ties to lobbyists The attention focused on global trade has taken the focus off their own nation allowing the very foundations around them to collapse into ruin.

September 23 2010 at 8:36 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Vicky

what has that got to do with WIFI? I think you must be lost

September 23 2010 at 9:34 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
joper201

America would not need your so called visa workers if our education was producing well educated individuals. Companies large enough to invest large amount of money in new ventures are usually international companies who have to be competitive in the world market. America has the second highest corporate/business income tax in the world and unions have priced American labor out of the international market.

September 23 2010 at 8:29 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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normanbage

Really? What do you base your facts on that Unions have priced America out of the international market? Unions make up 12.5% of private sector jobs and municipal unions outnumber them. Corporate greed and lax government tariff's are more resp. than unions. Germany has strong unions and they seem to be humming right along! Before you post another ignorant, uneducated post, you should stop and ask yourself... do you get paid o.t. after 8hrs.a day? You're welcome from a union member! O.t. after 40 hrs. per week? you're welcome! Work week mon. thru fri.? you're welcome! Wake up republican, if your not making 300,000 a year, stop drinking the koolade!!!!

September 23 2010 at 9:31 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
Iselin007

Inovations are all set to be outsourced so don't count on new industry creating jobs for US citizens. CD\DVD forward are examples of technology meant for cheap labor production. Were not going to get technology jobs .

September 23 2010 at 8:21 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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Iselin007

Smells like super outsourcing in sheep's clothing!

September 23 2010 at 8:06 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Iselin007

They can't even penetrate their own thick skulls!

September 23 2010 at 8:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
I Am Ray

That's how the government can grow jobs and spur innovations... getting out of the way.

September 23 2010 at 7:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Iselin007

For who more visa workers? When did they ever stop giving the new inovative jobs to foreign nationals!

September 23 2010 at 8:03 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply