Washington – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has
voted unanimously to allow the use of unutilized broadcast spectrum "white
spaces" to develop "super Wi-Fi" wireless broadband networks.
The spectrum in question was freed up through the nation’s transition from
analog to digital television broadcasting in June 2009.
The agency said the
move represents the first significant block of spectrum to be made available
for unlicensed use in more than 20 years.
Devices that can connect to the new
"super Wi-Fi" networks are expected to hit the market within a year.
(PDF: FCC statement)