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Cyber-Rights: Wireless digital networks


Wireless digital networks

Several years ago, an Apple Computer petition to the FCC asked for some part of the spectrum to be devoted to the public for digital wireless communications. This has come to be known as the NII/SUPERNet proposal. CPSR and the Benton Foundation submitted a comment to the FCC in support of allocating spectrum for such digital networks. The allocation made by the FCC did on January 9, 1997 in response to the petition was very limited and involved spectrum that experiences a lot of interference from other devices. Nevertheless, starting around 2000, a number of intrepid experimentors (both commercial and non-profit) started promising community wireless systems. The 802.11 IEEE standards underlie these potential solutions to the problem of universal service.

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Last updated: November 21, 2001

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