If you’ve ever been frustrated with the wireless Internet in your home, particularly because of interference, walls and signal degradation from distance, you might not be suffering for much longer.
The FCC appears set to give its blessing to a new frequency of Wi-Fi Internet called “super Wi-Fi” that has the potential to solve many of these problems. By utilizing bandwidth between TV channels, known as white spaces, super Wi-Fi can pierce walls with ease and improve range.
Although the FCC meeting where the crucial vote will happen isn’t slated until September 23, the FCC has spoken in glowing terms about the new technology. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski predicts electronics makers will jump at super Wi-Fi technology and make it just as popular as conventional Wi-Fi.
However, there have been concerns, particularly from broadcasters and those who use and make wireless microphones, especially karaoke bars, theatres and stadiums. The FCC hopes that by mapping TV channels across the country, Wi-Fi devices can find and use a frequency that’s vacant in their area and avoid interference.
The technology, however, is still years removed from being in our homes, sadly. The AP has the story:
If all goes according to plan, Liam Quinn, chief technology officer for client business at Dell, expects to see “proof of concept” products at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, followed by early products in about a year and mass production a year after that.
White spaces are particularly well suited to providing broadband, tech companies say, because they can penetrate walls, have plenty of network capacity and are able to cover large areas. According to Quinn, the signals can travel several miles and deliver Internet speeds ranging from 15 to 20 megabits per second — as fast as a cable modem.