toggle

AAPL Stock: 123.26 ( + 0.49 )

Printed from http://www.macnn.com

Congress passes bill allowing Wi-Fi over unused TV spectrum

updated 06:45 pm EST, Fri February 17, 2012

Congress bill may bring next-gen 'super Wi-Fi'

Congress has has passed a bill allowing spectrum previously set aside for TV broadcasts to be used for next-generation Wi-Fi services and Bluetooth. According to CIO, a portion of the band will be offered up for unlicensed use by long-distance 'super Wi-Fi' services. A separate portion of the TV spectrum will be utilized as a nationwide mobile broadband service for emergency services.

At the same time as setting a portion of the TV spectrum for unlicensed use, and emergency services, Congress also made provisions for the remaining available spectrum to be reverse auctioned by the FCC. It is planned that this will encourage private investment in a planned nationwide buildout wireless services and is expected to raise $7 billion that will also help pay for payroll tax breaks.

'Congress' rejection of a requirement that the FCC auction all newly available spectrum, including unlicensed spectrum, underscores the general understanding that unlicensed spectrum is vital to our Internet economy,' the Wireless Innovation Alliance said in a statement.

However, end users may not see the benefits of the new bill, particularly in rural regions, for the next couple of years as the FCC may take between 12 to 24 months to set up process the auctions.




by MacNN Staff

toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

Follow us on Facebook

toggle

Most Popular

Advertisement

Recent Reviews

15-inch MacBook Pro with Force Touch

Apple's 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro continues to be a popular notebook with professional users and prosumers looking for the ultimate ...

Typo keyboard for iPad

Following numerous legal shenanigans between Typo -- a company founded in part by Ryan Seacrest -- and the clear object of his physica ...

Entry-level 27-inch Retina iMac

The 27-inch Apple iMac with 5K Retina display is already one of the best value-for-money Macs that Apple has ever released. It was som ...

toggle

Most Commented