FCC promotes potential of white space spectrum

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The FCC is close to finalizing rules for white space spectrum, clearing the way for devices to use the spectrum that FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski is now touting as "super WiFi." The commission is expected to approve the new rules at a meeting next week. Microsoft has been busy using the spectrum--the tiny sliver of airwaves between broadcast TV stations--at its campus in Redmond, Wash., and other tech companies too are hoping to cash in on the opportunity. Dell, another proponent of white space spectrum, expects devices to be released by this time next year with mass production a year later. The FCC approved the unlicensed use of TV white space spectrum for wireless applications and devices in November 2008, while adding rigorous conditions under which the devices would have to operate to prevent interference. When the FCC authorized the unlicensed use of the white space spectrum for mobile broadband use, it mandated that a database be set up to provide geolocation data for white space devices. Article