Google, Microsoft Win Big With FCC 'White Spaces' Ruling

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Despite the protests of broadcasters, numerous organizations and lawmakers, the Federal Communications Commission passed a rule allowing unlicensed, personal-portable devices to operate in the television spectrum known as “white spaces.” The rule is a victory for companies such as Google and Microsoft, which lobbied hard for the action and a blow to the National Association of Broadcasters and telecom companies, which claim that freeing up the spectrum may interfere with TV reception and wireless microphones.

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