Educational Technology

July 22, 2013

White space Internet may finally spread through US

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:36 am

by Jon Brodkin, ars technica
White space networks haven’t spread in quite the way some of its visionaries envisioned a few years ago, but the method of providing wireless Internet access over unused TV spectrum is slowly gaining a foothold. Companies like Microsoft and Google are using white spaces to bring the Web to underserved parts of the world, and a couple of commercial networks have been launched in the US. Now, white spaces may be about to gain traction in colleges and libraries. West Virginia University announced today that it is going to “use vacant broadcast TV channels to provide the campus and nearby areas with wireless broadband Internet services.” The initial rollout will provide free public Wi-Fi—yes, it really exists!—on a public transit tram system. West Virginia is setting its network up in conjunction with AIR.U, a consortium of colleges and universities aiming to deploy white space networks on campuses and surrounding areas.

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