Is "white space" spectrum really free?
Google and Microsoft clearly won a political and PR victory in getting the FCC to open up the white space spectrum previously being used by TV broadcasters for “free”. The larger question to ask is whether it really is free. There is still a long journey before a vibrant ecosystem emerges around this. It will take sustained cooperation between equipment manufacturers, content owners and systems providers. More importantly, it will take continued lobbying efforts of the big boys to keep the momentum. Elliott Drucker has done a good thought provoking write-up in Wireless Week.