If you can believe it, it looks like after years of waiting the use of white space spectrum in "super Wi-Fi" networks is now a reality. As we've reported, the FCC finally approved the first device and database for the spectrum last month. Today at 2pm EST an event in Wilmington, NC is celebrated the launch of the technology, which takes advantage of unused frequencies between over-the-air broadcast television stations. Thanks to the low frequency of this spectrum data can travel much farther and through more obstacles than Wi-Fi.
How are these slivers of spectrum going to be used in North Carolina? Forbes reports that the government will use KTS' Agility White Space Radio (that's a picture of it above) to provide wireless backhaul for wireless access points in two public parks and to set up four cameras to monitor a public garden.
Opponents of the unlicensed use of white space spectrum for an alternative to Wi-Fi argued that its use would cause interference with other devices — especially with wireless microphones used at large venues. That's why the FCC approved Spectrum Bridge's database of areas sensitive to interference, which white space devices refer to before transmitting their signals. A lot of promises have been made regarding this tech, so you know we'll be covering it all very closely.