Potential for Internet over traditional analog TV spectrum

By Justin Mann on February 21, 2006, 4:28 PM
What good are all those unused channels on broadcast that a TV can receive? Internet, apparently, and new legislation could potentially allow manufacturers to create products that will do just that.

Companies interested in deploying Wi-Fi networks covet the bands of spectrum on which broadcast television currently resides because of its inherent scientific properties. Signals at that frequency travel straighter and farther. Consumer advocates say using the spectrum would enable cheaper and easier set-up--and thus more widespread access for rural and low-income areas.
Less than a decade separates us from the time when the Internet was a nerds-only playground, and the demand for readily available, cheap access is only growing, so it makes sense to use whatever resources you have available to make it happen. Eventually, all that space will be available anyways, at least in the U.S., with analog television going the way of the dodo in 3 years. A much larger amount of people can receive analog TV signals than can receive Internet access, and thus the ISPs and manufacturers have seen a perfect niche for future growth. Those antennas may still have some life left in them.

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seanp789 said:
Standards like WiMax are still taking a long time to reach consumers.I think with massive multi-mile wifi networks, security is going to be a very difficult problem. Right now all it takes is a MAC address spoofing to gain access to a network. Encryption standards get cracked absurdly quick.Personally I will be sticking to land lines for any sort of business transaction.
DragonMaster said:
Shutting down analog TV :Even most new TVs only have analog tuners in them, and an HDTV receiver is expensive and hard to get...
sngx1275 said:
That maybe the only way my parents can get faster than dial up internet, without paying the insane price for satellite. Problem is, for them to even get over the air TV stations to come in clearly they have to put a signal amp between the antenna and tv. Maybe some ISP will pop up close to where they live so the signal strength is higher.
mentaljedi said:
And when i thought the internet couldn't spread any more...
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