Google closer to using tv white space as a cost-effective way to bring broadband to rural areas

By | November 18, 2013
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a-wifiWe are aware that many of you living in rural areas have limited options when it comes to wireless Internet. Satellite Internet is notoriously slow and 4G is fast but expensive — if it’s even available in the rural area where you live.

Google is a step closer to bringing read broadband speeds to everyone wherever in the USA you live. Read the following article from “The Verge” to learn more:

Google brings ubiquitous ‘white space’ broadband one step closer

So-called “white space” frequencies have considerable benefits when compared to traditional Wi-Fi signals, and now Google has created an API to make the process of utilizing them easier. Companies using the Spectrum Database API will be able to search for frequencies unoccupied by TV or radio signals in specific areas of the United States, and register equipment that uses those frequencies to broadcast wireless internet.

Signals sent over frequencies abandoned or unused by TV or radio can travel further than current Wi-Fi signals, and are less affected by obstacles. The far-reaching signals are also ideal for bringing moderately speedy internet to rural areas for whom large-scale fiber infrastructure is too expensive and difficult to install.

Google has pushed tv white space as a cost-effective way to bring broadband to rural areas

Google has championed unlicensed TV white space (TVWS) over the last few years. The FCC approved the use of Google’s TVWS database in June, after tests began in March. In April, ISP Cal.net launched the US’ first consumer white space broadband service in California’s Gold Country area, providing 2-4Mbps speeds for users.

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One thought on “Google closer to using tv white space as a cost-effective way to bring broadband to rural areas

  1. A_Hippy_Hillbillie

    Outstanding; rock on Google! More competition will hopefully benefit us all for less expensive broadband service, including the major cities., more faster speed for a whole lot less than what is being charged for it now!

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