Ofcom has pledged that it will investigate potential customer uses for unoccupied radio waves between TV stations known as white spaces. The spaces are typically used by TV stations and can travel long distances and pass through walls.
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The white spaces are being eyed by Ofcom for other uses. Specifically the use of white space is being looked at as a way to improve rural broadband access. The same thing is being studied in America as well.
"White space devices have the potential to enable a vast range of new and innovative applications - from broadband access for rural communities, to innovative personal consumer applications - each benefiting from improved signal reliability, capacity, and range offered by unused TV frequencies," said Ofcom head of research and development professor William Webb.