Talking WISP Consolidation with JAB Broadband Co-Founder

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“A lot of people don’t know how healthy these companies are,” commented Jeff Kohler, co-founder and chief development officer for JAB Broadband. Kohler was referring to the 101 wireless Internet service providers that JAB Broadband has acquired since its founding in 2006. Kohler has 20...Learn More

White Spaces Broadband Technology Advances Overseas

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The idea of allowing vacant TV broadcast spectrum to be used on an unlicensed basis for mobile broadband is beginning to gain traction outside the U.S., where the idea originated. This week saw white spaces announcements from French research institute CEA-Leti and from Japan’s National...Learn More

SpectrumBridge: White Spaces Broadband Passes Critical Test, Closer to Reality

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Spectrum Bridge, the company that pioneered the use of a database to free up unused white spaces spectrum, has completed a field trial of the database and has requested that the FCC certify the solution. “The 45-day trial started on September 19 and was successfully...Learn More

Super Wi-Fi Database Testing to Begin

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The FCC issued a public notice Sept. 14 announcing the first trial of a white spaces wireless broadband database. Limited public testing of Spectrum Bridge’s database system “is intended to allow the public to access and test the system to ensure that it correctly identifies...Learn More

FCC Officially Designates Microsoft as ‘TV White Spaces’ Database Administrator

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The FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) has designated Microsoft an administrator of the TV whitespaces database. The July 29 designation calls for Microsoft to develop and operate a TV bands database in its geographic area that will identify unused broadcast TV spectrum, also...Learn More

New Super Wi-Fi Standard, 802.22, Approved by IEEE

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The IEEE has approved 802.22 as a wireless regional area network (WRAN) standard. The new standard, known informally as super wi-fi (or white-fi) operates in the TV UHF and VHF channel bands, also known as ‘white space’ spectrum. The new technology holds great promise for...Learn More

Proposed Legislation Threatens Plans for Super WiFi, TV White Spaces

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The draft of a new spectrum bill circulating within Congress has raised a furor, particularly within the tech community. The blogosphere has been quite active, with much of the commentary coming out against some of the provisions in the legislation. The draft legislation, proposed by...Learn More

Microsoft Joins Super WiFi Technology Development Efforts

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When we first started hearing about technology to enable network operators and others to utilize unused television broadcast spectrum known as “white spaces” for high-speed data communications, the name that became almost synonymous with the “white spaces” term was Spectrum Bridge. But now that the...Learn More

FCC Moves to Create Super Wi-Fi Spectrum Database

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Spectrum Bridge, Google, Telcordia Technologies and Neustar are among nine companies conditionally selected by the Federal Communications Commission last week to serve as white spaces database administrators. That initiative had its genesis in an FCC order released in September that released unused television spectrum for...Learn More

White Spaces Broadband, or White-Fi, Gaining Momentum

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TV White Spaces spectrum is the wireless spectrum available from unused TV broadcast channels made available from the June 2009 digital TV transition. Proponents of the spectrum argue it’s ideally suited for wireless broadband, kind of like a new and improved Wi-Fi experience. Some are...Learn More

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