Unused TV Frequencies Become Free Wi-Fi in North Carolina

Posted Tue Jan 31, 2012 at 11:00 AM PST by Dick Ward

The TV White Space network has gone live in Wilmington, providing citizens with Wi-Fi, and law enforcement with broadband.

When television made the switch to digital, we were left with a pressing question - what do we do with all those unused frequencies? The folks in Wilmington, North Carolina are now getting to take advantage of the first commercial TV White Space (TVWS) network.

The new tech gives people Wi-Fi in city parks, which is certainly a well received improvement. No need to use your 3G service when you can connect up with your phone, laptop or tablet to proper Wi-Fi.

The biggest benefit, at least at this point, goes to law enforcement. The freed up space allows for better video surveillance, traffic surveillance and mitigation as well as security for both people and property.

"This technology has proven to be an unobtrusive, environmentally friendly way to offer services to our citizens and the visitors at our parks and to give our staff more efficient ways to manage these locations," says New Hanover County chairman Ted Davis. "We are extremely pleased with the installations of the white spaces systems."

Source: Engadget

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