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Broadcasting to Broadband

A proposed Order implementing open access to the vacant TV channels in every media market nationwide will be voted on at the Federal Communication Commission's September 23 Open Meeting. Will reallocating the majority of TV frequencies from broadcasting to unlicensed broadband herald an era of "Wi-Fi on Steroids" -- as Google co-founder Larry Page has proclaimed -- or will it be of marginal utility? The debate over opening the vast wasteland of unused TV band spectrum capacity has stretched on since the FCC's 2002 Spectrum Policy Task Force. In November 2008, the Commission provisionally approved unlicensed access to the White Space by a 5-0 vote. Now, after bitter debates between broadcasters, wireless microphone makers, high-tech companies and public interest advocates, a final vote to open the TV band for broadband is at hand. http://www.newamerica.net/events/2010/broadcasting_to_broadband
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