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Larry Page calls white space tests "rigged"

Google, along with several other companies including Microsoft, have been hoping the FCC will make available TV white space frequencies for wireless broadband purposes. Unfortunately, there are several organizations trying to shut down those efforts.

September 25, 2008 by

News to know: Geek sheets; Cuil; Apple; DNS patch

Notable headlines:Jason Perlow: Geek Sheet: A Tweaker's Guide to Solid State Drives (SSDs) and LinuxGallery: Crucial (Micron) Solid State DrivesMy Sunday Afternoon: Fun with VMWare ESX 3iDana Blankenhorn: The Microsoft way with ApacheSearch Engine Land: Cuil Launches — Can This Search Start-Up Really Best Google?Larry Dignan: FCC expected to rule against Comcast Aug.

July 27, 2008 by

Broadcasters lobbying hard against white-space devices

Broadcasters have gone on a lobbying offensive against the "white spaces" technology being trumpeted by Microsoft, Ars Techica reports.Cox recently gave an FCC presentation at which it told agency staffers that introducing new and unlicensed RF devices into the television spectrum could "undermine [the] already complicated DTV transition" and that "consumers could be the real losers.

October 4, 2007 by

NAB "spindoctoring" on whitespace

Last month, the FCC rejected a proposal backed by Microsoft, Dell and Google that would have used "white space" spectrum to provide Internet service at speeds between 50-100 mbps. White space is purposefully unused spectrum that exists to prevent interference between broadcasting channels.

September 12, 2007 by

White Space Coalition argues case for spectrum-sensing

After the FCC rejected the White Space Coalition's prototype device -- which was touted as being able to sense spectrum to determine which frequencies are freely available in any given area -- Microsoft argued that the technology actually works, they just provided the FCC with a substandard unit. Friday, the Coalition -- which includes Google, Intel and Philips, as well as Microsoft -- filed a response to the FCC, arguing that a replacement device worked properly.

August 17, 2007 by

Broadcast broadband

I'm a bit late to the party on this, but a few days ago, there were reports of a new device that utilizes unused television channels (known as "white space") to deliver broadband Internet service. Backed by a coalition that includes Microsoft, Google, Dell, HP and Philips, a prototype device created by Microsoft has been sent to the FCC for testing.

March 15, 2007 by

Toshiba Zune details revealed by the FCC

The FCC is a great resource for finding out the details before devices are released and this time they show us an upcoming Microsoft Zune. There should be plenty of choices for consumers this holiday season.

August 25, 2006 by

Net firms lash out at anti-net neutrality bill

Leading Internet companies including Google, Ebay, IAC, Microsoft, Yahoo and Amazon issued a letter sharply critical of a House bill that would hamstring the FCC from implementing net neutrality regulations.

March 29, 2006 by

FCC's AOK with satellite broadband

Federal regulators have given their OK for seven companies, including one backed by Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, to use low-orbiting satellites to sell broadband Internet access and other data services. The decision paves the way for a new kind of telecommunications satellite to take wing. Low-orbiting satellites can shuttle incredibly fast Internet service--about 20 times the speed of a T1 line--to an antenna on Earth that then distributes it to homes and offices. These satellites are allowed to orbit different locations. Communications satellite company Teledesic was among the companies winning permission. It plans to launch 30 low-orbiting satellites, according to FCC records. Gates and telecommunications tycoon Craig McCaw are two major backers of the company. Other investors include Motorola and Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal. --Ben Charny, Special to ZDNet News

April 19, 2002 by

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