WASHINGTON, Oct 12 (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications
Commission on Thursday voted to permit certain wireless devices to use
vacant airwaves between active television channels as long as they do
not cause interference.
"Allowing low-power wireless devices to operate in the unused portions
of the television bands could be an efficient and effective use of this
unused spectrum," FCC Chairman Kevin Martin said at the agency's monthly
The FCC agreed to permit the use of fixed, low-powered, wireless
equipment on some unused channel frequencies and said it would conduct
testing to assess interference and encouraged others to submit their
The FCC said it expected to have the laboratory test results on
interference by July and would set final technical requirements for the
devices by October 2007.
Marketing of the devices would only be allowed after Feb. 18, 2009 when
television broadcasters switch to airing their digital signals and
return their old analog airwaves to the government, the FCC said.
Signals from the airwaves at issue, frequencies below 900, can easily
penetrate walls, trees and other obstructions unlike the higher frequencies.
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