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Submission + - Microsoft sent FCC defective wireless prototype (theregister.co.uk)

mikesd81 writes: "The Register reports that Microsoft sent the FCC a defective prototype that sends high-speed Internet signals over unused television airwaves. On July 31, the Federal Communications Commission released an 85-page report saying that Microsoft's "white space" prototype was unable to detect unused TV spectrum and that it interfered with other wireless devices, however Microsoft says the device was defective.

From the article: ""During meetings with FCC engineers last week, Microsoft determined that the prototype device tested by the Commission was working improperly and an internal component was broken. This accounted for the FCC's aberrant test results," said Jack Krumholtz, Microsoft's managing director for federal government affairs. "We remain confident that the unused channels in the television spectrum band can successfully be used without harmful interference to incumbent licensees such as television and wireless microphone services.""

FCC Chairman Kevin Martin is on record as saying the commission hopes to find a way of transmitting Internet service over "white spaces," portions of television spectrum that go used by local TV channels. Evidently, Microsoft had submitted two white-space prototypes to the FCC for testing: the one that failed the FCC's test, and a "spare" that was never used. According to Microsoft, once they got the spare back into their own lab, it worked pretty well — but it seems that certain functions needed a little tweaking."


Submission + - Google to pony up 4.6 Biilion for 700MHz Auction

heelrod writes: "With all the recent talk about cell phones and Americans being in the stone age with regards to wireless here on slashdot, I was curious as to why nobody mentioned this.

A few weeks ago Google made a press release about their intentions to meet the reserve for the 700Mhz Spectrum in the upcoming auction later this year but under certain circumstances.

Some people (CTIA-The Wireless Association) have been harsh to their ideas calling it "Silicon Valley Welfare". They have spent alot of web work to let you know this is a bad idea for Americans.

It's nice to see "maybe" somebody doing something about the mess America is in with regards to it's wireless technology model."

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