All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘white spaces’

Google’s White Spaces Database Gets Certification From FCC

Google just announced that its White Spaces database has received its final certification from the FCC. Google has been running a trial in South Africa, and in March announced that it reached a milestone in getting a public trial with the FCC. Here we are a few months later, and it appears to be good to go. “This is an …

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$200 Million Raised for Gigabit-Per-Second Broadband Initiative

A startup in Ohio called Gigabit Squared has raised roughly $200 million to fund a gigabit-per-second broadband initiative involving six universities across the U.S. Gigabit Squared has called upon the the University Community Next Generation Innovation Project (Gig.U), which consists of 30 universities, to tap the 6 communities to develop the ultra-fast broadband networks. Blair Levin, executive director of Gig.U, …

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NAB Backs Off on TV Broadband Objections

Back in 2010, it was reported that the FCC and Google had been working with moving forward with white spaces, which are unused television bands that can be used for ultra-fast wifi connections. The National Association of Broadcasters had objected to this, citing that using prime spectrum white spaces for broadband internet connectivity might interfere with existing television broadcasts. Now …

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White Spaces, Verizon Tiered Data Plans & Facebook Troubles

The FCC voted today on rules that will enable the use of TV white spaces to provide wireless broadband connectivity. Google and Microsoft both issued updates applauding the ruling. 

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Google Works on White Spaces Trial for Hospital in Ohio

Google has teamed up with Spectrum Bridge and the Hocking Valley Community Hospital in Logan, Ohio on the deployment of the first TV White Spaces broadband trial network for healthcare providers. The solution enables healthcare providers to utilize affordable broadband while providing data transmission for telemedicine applications.

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Google Talks White Spaces, Google TV Coming This Month?

Google has a post on its Public Policy blog talking about moving forward on white spaces. As the company notes, the five current FCC Commissioners will soon meet to set final technical rules for white spaces. 

"If it gets the rules right, the Commission will have taken a huge step to put better and faster Internet connections in the hands of the public," says Richard Whitt, Washington Telecom and Media Counsel.


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Google Shares Proposal for White Spaces Database

Last night, Google announced that it filed a submission to the FCC, asking it to designate Google as one of potentially several administrators of a "white spaces" geolocation database. Back in November of 2008, the FCC approved the use of these White Spaces, or unused airwaves between broadcast TV channels, for public wireless broadband service.

On Google’s Public Policy Blog, Richard Whitt, Washington Telecom and Media Counsel, writes:

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