The FCC’s Great White Spaces Hope


The airwaves — or really, electromagnetic spectrum — are everywhere, but they definitely are not free. At least, the legal rights to use spectrum aren’t free. In the U.S., those rights are managed by the FCC, and the commission just granted wireless companies the rights to a significant chunk of unused spectrum. That chunk, which is really a lot of chunks, is collectively known as “white spaces.” They’re the frequencies that fall in between regular over-the-air television channels.

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