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Google backs 'white space' wi-fi:
Google have sent a letter to US government backing the idea of filling the "White Space" with Wireless internet. "White Space" is an unused space between American analogue TV frequencies which google thinks it should be utilized for wire-less internet for everyone. Below is a part of the letter:
"The vast majority of viable spectrum in this country simply goes unused, or else is grossly underutilised," wrote Google's Richard Whitt in the letter.
"Unlike other natural resources, there is no benefit to allowing this spectrum to lie fallow," he added.
In the past TV companies have opposed using this "White Space" because they think it will interfere with the aired programming. Google counter this by urging the FCC to take up a series of overlapping technologies designed to stop the signals from interfering with each other.
Google have said a device that will use the "White Space" could be on the market by the end of 2009. Other countries around the world are also looking into using the wasted "White Space".
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