Here’s a new station you won’t see: WF2XPU

One of the most contentious policy proposals facing broadcasters is what to do with “white space”, the vacant spots between TV channels on the frequency band. Some of the solutions proposed include “repacking” channels to minimize bandwidth use, and allowing wifi use of unused spaces.

Rice University is working on some research into this problem, and has been granted a license from the FCC to operate WF2XPU, an experimental transmitter “in various frequency bands between 518 MHz and 698 MHz” (in layman’s terms, channels 22 through 52) “to explore planning, deployment, and operational issues involving with TV Band White Space.”

Posted on April 21, 2011, in Up and Down the Dial. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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