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Certain Wireless Devices|Get Unused TV Spectrum

WASHINGTON (CN) - The Federal Communications Commission is making the unused spectrum in the TV bands available for unlicensed broadband wireless devices to spur investment and innovation in applications used in the TV band and eventually in other frequency bands.

Wireless microphones are an example of this type of device.

This particular spectrum has excellent propagation characteristics that allow signals to reach farther and penetrate walls and other structures, according to the new rule.

Access to this spectrum could enable more powerful public internet connections-super Wi-Fi hot spots-with extended range, fewer dead spots and improved individual speeds as a result of reduced congestion on existing networks, according to the FCC.

The agency expects this action to spur investment and innovation in applications and devices used not only in the TV band but eventually in other frequency bands as well.

Most provisions are effective Jan. 5.

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