On November 4th, voters will decide the fate of the Google and Microsoft-backed proposal for the use of white spaces, which FCC Chair Kevin Martin himself is voting for. Meanwhile, another top FCC member, Robert McDowell, has expressed optimism for the outcome of November 4th’s vote for these airwaves.
A lot of companies are pushing for unlicensed use of these airwaves because it will enable the use of new wireless devices, while some parties remain opposed to the idea. But since top people from inside the FCC are clearly in favor of it, it looks like McDowell’s optimism for the November 4th vote isn’t unfounded.
Three Republicans and two Democrats make up the FCC committee, and a vote of three against two is all that’s needed for the unlicensed use of white spaces to be approved. However, out of his optimism, McDowell feels that there will be a 5-to-0 vote. Either way, it should be good news. And then the only thing that parties in favor of the use of white spaces will have to worry about is making the devices that will use the white spaces themselves.
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