“This is the first distribution of unlicensed spectrum in 25 years, and follows the release of former “junk” spectrum that eventually was used for Wi-Fi, garage door openers and cordless phones. The new spectrum is even more prized because its lower frequency can reach farther, pass through walls more easily and cover areas more efficiently with faster potential speeds. Companies like Google(s goog), Microsoft, Dell and HP have pushed for the use of white spaces in hopes it can lead to new applications and devices that extend wireless connectivity. The technology can also be used for smart meter monitoring, connecting rural communities, increased backhaul, in-home networking and expanded hot spots.”
“This is exciting for a few reasons, but the biggest is that it gives technology companies a way to innovate outside of the realm of wireless carriers or broadband providers — all of which use their quasi-monopolistic control over their industries to inhibit innovation in order to make money. In the Reuters piece about the white space vote, they note that not only is Google interested in using the space, but Microsoft, HP, Motorola, and even Sprint are as well.”
“Keerti Melkote, founder and CTO of Aruba Networks, says that the open nature of the white space spectrum will drive innovation.
“Making ‘whites spaces’ available as unlicensed spectrum will drive a great deal of innovation in the wireless space. The multi-billion dollar Wi-Fi industry has grown rapidly precisely because the spectrum it operates in is free and unfettered,” said Melkote. “TV whitespace as unlicensed spectrum promises to change the game in network access in ways that benefit consumers and ultimately bolster global competitiveness of US companies in the wireless industry.”