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White Noise about White Space Spectrum

Don’t get me wrong. I think it’s great that the FCC has approved the use of “white spaces” for wireless networking. But, come on people, it’s neither “Wi-Fi on Steroids” nor is it “Super Wi-Fi.” Not yet anyway.

Maybe someday it will be, but right now the only thing that’s “Super” about it is its range of 30 to 100 kilometers. The speed though-and isn’t that what we always end up caring about when it comes to networking-is a rather pedestrian 1.5Mbps (Megabits per second) and 384 Kbps (Kilobits per second).

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