Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Google Uses TV White Spaces to Provide Wireless Broadband to 10 Schools

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Google Uses TV White Spaces to Provide Wireless Broadband to 10 Schools

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Google is launching a new pilot that will tap unused portions of the TV spectrum to provide wireless broadband to 10 schools in South Africa. The test follows an earlier, smaller pilot in 2010 that involved a single hospital in Ohio.

The unused portions of the "IV spectrum between channels are referred to as "white space." Historically they've been untapped, but there's a growing number of applications that have the potential to benefit from the use of these white spaces, and momentum has been growing globally. In the United States in 2010, the FCC adopted rules allowing for limited unlicensed use of white spaces and is currently looking into additional potential uses. Google itself recently launched a 45-day trial of its white spaces database, part of the process Google is undertaking to become a certified database administrator for spectrum sharing.

According to a statement from the FCC, "This block of spectrum is ripe for innovation and experimental use, holding rich potential for expanding broadband capacity and improving access for many users, and for developing technologies that can expand this type of spectrum access to other frequencies and services in order to greatly increase our ability to utilize spectrum. The FCC is moving forward with plans and is actively working to unlock this spectrum in order to maximize white spaces' value for consumers and businesses."

The unused spectrum also has the potential to deliver broadband services to areas with poor telecommunications infrastructure, including rural areas in the United States and in other tech-strapped regions of the world, according to Google. …

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