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The Federal Communications Commission has pledged to "find" 500 MHz of additional licensed broadband spectrum within the next ten years to help meet the growing demand for wireless broadband data services. This spectrum will be used for wide-area networks to augment those in operation today. Last year, the FCC also released additional spectrum that can be used to provide unlicensed broadband services on a more local level. This spectrum is located between existing TV stations and is called TV White Space. This new spectrum provides the ideal platform for longer-range, but still local, wireless broadband services and will be used for bridging gaps between wired, cable, and fiber connections and locations that cannot be economically served by either wide-area or Wi-Fi systems.
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